State preparedness gets great marks

January 15, 2008
by Shari Rudavsky
The Indianapolis Star

Indiana, for now, seems ready for an attack or a disaster, a Trust for America's Health survey finds. Eight states, including Illinois and Kentucky, received perfect scores in the Trust for America's Health's fifth annual survey measuring states' ability to handle a public health emergency. Indiana received a nine out of ten. The one measure the state failed was in having adequate funding to achieve and maintain preparedness. "The overall trend is toward higher levels of preparedness," Jeff Levi, Executive Director of the Trust for America's Health, said. "What we're seeing is a return on the investment that the federal government and a lot of states have made." Still, Levi warned that states can't become too complacent. That's why it's important to boost funding for these efforts each year, he said. "We know that the system needs to be robust and strong and agile, and if we don't continue to fund it, it won't meet those needs," he said. "We don't know what the next disaster or crisis would be, but we know that there will be one."

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