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States Unprepared for Health Emergencies -Report

California, Florida, Maryland and Tennessee are the states best prepared for a biochemical terrorist attack or other medical emergency and Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Mexico and Wisconsin are the least prepared, a new report found on Thursday. The study conducted by the Trust for America’s Health found that only nine of the 50 states met more than half of 10 preparedness targets drawn up by an advisory panel of past and present public health officials. None met more than seven targets and most states met five or fewer. Washington, D.C., believed to be a key target for potential attacks given its concentration of government offices and national monuments, achieved only 3 out of the 10 targets. “Are we ready or not? The answer is not,” Shelley Hearne, executive director of 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.” Full Story

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