New Mexico gets 7 points on disaster readiness

December 22, 2008
Associated Press

New Mexico has done well with federal funds to prepare for health emergencies, but that money is dwindling and expectations may have to be reduced in the future, the head of the state's epidemiology division said Tuesday.

New Mexico earned 7 out of 10 points for its preparedness program in a national report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Jeff Levi, the trust's executive director, said the economic crisis could roll back progress the nation has made since the 2001 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

"The cuts to state budgets in the next few years could lead to a disaster for the nation's disaster preparedness," he said.

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