Missouri and Kansas emergency planning pretty good, new report says

December 15, 2009
by David Goldstein
Kansas City Star

Missouri and Kansas are reasonably prepared to deal with a public health crisis, but the swine flu outbreak has exposed holes in the nation's emergency preparedness network.

   That's the conclusion of a new report Tuesday on how well states could handle a public health emergency.

   "The H1N1 outbreak has vividly revealed existing gaps in public health emergency preparedness," said Richard Hamburg, deputy director of the Trust for America's Health, a nonpartisan public health advocacy group, which co-authored the report with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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