The Report Card

December 15, 2008
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Report Card issues grades A through F, and incompletes where necessary, to a variety of news items in this space.

B To the state of North Carolina, which received top marks in a report on health emergency preparedness from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The state was one of only five to hit the top mark on the reports scale of 1-to-10; more than half the states checked in with scores of 7 or less. The report looked at plans to protect the state and nation from bioterrorism, disease outbreaks and natural disasters. While North Carolina has prepared well, the plans to deal with such disasters are at risk from the current economic disaster. The report noted federal preparedness funding for state and local preparedness has dropped by 25 percent since 2005. Trust for America's Health Director Jeff Levi said, "The economic crisis could result in a serious rollback of the progress we've made since Sept. 11, 2001, and Hurricane Katrina, to better prepare the nation for emergencies.''

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