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States aren't Ready for Major Disaster or Attack, Group Says

December 7, 2005
by David Goldstein
Knight Ridder

On Tuesday, it was the states' turn to be in the hot seat. One day after the federal government got failing grades for doing little to improve national security since Sept. 11, 2001, a public health advocacy group said that most states had failed to adequately reform their disaster response systems. "We have a long string of reality calls, from Katrina to ... anthrax," said Shelly Hearne, whose group, the Trust for America's Health, wrote the report. "Mother Nature and terrorists made it very real as to how important these issues are." More than half the states met five or fewer of the report's 10 indicators of public health preparedness.

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