Study: States Unprepared for Health Emergencies

December 11, 2003
by Christina Ling

Most U.S. states are unprepared for a biochemical terrorist attack or other public health emergency despite increased concerns about such threats, a new state-by-state survey found on Thursday. "Are we ready or not? The answer is not," Shelley Hearne, executive director of the nonprofit health advocacy group that conducted the study, Trust for America's Health, said in a statement. "Now is the time to get serious about developing an all-hazards approach to public health to ensure we are ready for the range of possible threats we face."

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