N.C. is ready for health emergencies

December 19, 2008
The News & Observer

North Carolina achieved high marks for its health emergency preparedness in the sixth annual report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report, called "Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism," however, finds that progress made to protect the country from disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and bioterrorism is at risk, due to budget cuts and the economic crisis.

In addition, the report concludes that major gaps remain in critical areas of preparedness, such as rapid disease detection and food safety. More than half of states and D.C. achieved a score of seven or less out of 10 key indicators, according to a media release from Trust for America's health.

"The economic crisis could result in a serious rollback of the progress we've made since September 11, 2001, and Hurricane Katrina to better prepare the nation for emergencies," said Jeff Levi, director of Trust for America's Health.

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