Nation overall and most states unprepared for crisis

December 13, 2006
by Gayle White
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Five years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the United States is inadequately prepared for disease, disaster or bioterrorism, according to a new report from a health advocacy group. Georgia ranks somewhere in the middle of the states short on nurses, pneumonia vaccine and readiness to receive emergency supplies, but adequate in seven other areas. Kansas and Oklahoma scored highest in preparedness, according to the report, "Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism." California, Iowa, Maryland and New Jersey were rated lowest, prepared in only four of 10 categories.

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