Stacks of boxes containing critical supplies stretch almost as far as the eye can see in this Strategic National Stockpile warehouse. Courtesy of the CDC
NPR: Inside A Secret Government Warehouse Prepped For Health Catastrophes
When Greg Burel tells people he's in charge of some secret government warehouses, he often gets asked if they're like the one at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, where the Ark of the Covenant gets packed away in a crate and hidden forever.
"Well, no, not really," says Burel, director of a program called the Strategic National Stockpile at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Thousands of lives might someday depend on this stockpile, which holds all kinds of medical supplies that the officials would need in the wake of a terrorist attack with a chemical, biological or nuclear weapon.
The location of these warehouses is secret. How many there are is secret. (Although a former government official recently said at a public meeting that there are six.) And exactly what's in them is secret.
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WNU Editor: If they have 6 of these warehouses, and the total value of this inventory is worth about $7 billion .... that is a lot of stuff in each of these warehouses. Unfortunately .... in the event of a nuclear attack and the tens of thousands .... if not hundreds of thousands of casualties that it would produce .... even if there were 60 of these warehouses .... I doubt that it would not be enough to take of the injured and dying.