Come plague, storm or bomb, most U.S. states unprepared: report

December 19, 2012
by Sharon Begley

If you're someone who worries about how first responders and hospitals in your town would perform after a hurricane like Sandy, a Joplin tornado, an anthrax mailing, an outbreak of bird flu or other health threat, a new study has some pointers: stay away from Kansas and Montana.

But you might want to consider moving to Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Vermont or Wisconsin.

On Wednesday, two nonprofit groups released "Ready or Not?", a 79-page analysis of public health preparedness - that is, the ability of hospitals, health departments and others to prevent and respond to emergencies ranging from bioterrorism to influenza outbreaks to catastrophic weather.

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