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State scores high for disaster preparedness

December 20, 2007
by Lois M. Collins
Deseret Morning News

Utah's in pretty good shape to face a public health emergency, according to a national report on state preparedness released Tuesday. The Beehive State scored nine out of 10 in the "Ready or Not?" report produced by Trust for America's Health. It lost a point for not having a disease tracking system to collect and monitor data using the Internet. And even that's in the works, according to Dr. David Sundwall, executive director of the Utah Department of Health. "We don't have the surveillance system we need," he said, "but we are in the process of getting it. It's in the governor's budget and we're moving ahead even before the funding. It will bring us up to date" and be compatible with the system used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other states.

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