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Vulnerability report on 2008 track

A Homeland Security Department official said a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s preparedness and vulnerabilities will be ready in 2008. Matt Mayer, acting executive director of the Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness, said the National Preparedness Goal and National Preparedness Guidance will be released March 31. They will essentially establish measurable priorities and targets, assess the nation’s preparedness to major events, prioritize needs, help states implement national strategies, and allocate resources. They will help state and local governments do a better job of first responder training and exercises, and align equipment standards and research and development needs, among other things. The goal is also to compare the level of preparedness they need with the level they have achieved, identify the gaps and then close them. Full Story

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