Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Disease, Disasters, and Bioterrorism, 2007

Source: Trust for America’s Health, December 2007

From the summary:
Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) today released the fifth annual “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Disease, Disasters, and Bioterrorism” report, which found that while important progress has been made, critical areas of the nation’s emergency health preparedness effort still require attention. In addition, the continuing trend of annual cuts in federal funding for state and local preparedness activities threatens the nation’s safety.

The “Ready or Not?” report contains state-by-state health preparedness scores based on 10 key indicators to assess health emergency preparedness capabilities. All 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) were evaluated. Thirty-seven states and D.C. scored eight or higher on the scale of 10 indicators. Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia scored the highest with 10 out of 10. Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Wyoming scored the lowest with six out of 10.

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