US: States Better Prepared for Disasters

February 20, 2008
by Mike Stobbe
Associated Press

Trust for America's Health has evaluated state preparedness five times in annual reports. Among the findings in the last report, released in December: Seven states had yet to participate in a federal program to buy antivirals for a potential flu pandemic and 13 did not have adequate plans to distribute vaccines and medical supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile. That organization's report is a bit more sweeping, and is a complement to the CDC report, said Besser, director of the CDC's Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response.

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