Report: States losing ground in emergency preparedness
December 19, 2012
by Janice Lloyd
The nation's ability to respond to a wide range of deadly emergencies, from salmonella-tainted melons to weather events like Superstorm Sandy to bioterrorism, is losing ground after years of progress, says a report out Wednesday.
In a study of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, researchers found only five states met eight of 10 measures used to evaluate public health preparedness. Among the measures they examined: Do states have plans to evacuate children from schools during emergencies? Have they met vaccination requirements? Can they staff labs for prolonged disease outbreaks? How has funding changed?
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