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Montana Scores Lowest in Emergency Readiness Survey
National survey looks at public health and emergency preparedness
Kansas and Montana scored lowest on a 10-point scale measuring preparation for diseases, disasters, bioterrorism and extreme weather in a national survey looking at public health and emergency preparedness.

The nonpartisan Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released their annual "Ready or Not?" report on Wednesday.

Nevada tied with Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii and New Jersey for next-lowest in their ability to respond.

Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Vermont and Wisconsin scored highest.

The report says that in the years since Sept. 11, 2001, preparedness has improved.

But it points to gaps in readiness for health and extreme weather emergencies, bioterrorist threats and serious disease outbreaks.

Trust executive Jeffrey Levi calls the report a snapshot of the nation's public health emergency preparedness.
 
On 12-20-12, Red Green commented....
Peter, I wish I could give you 1000 “thumbs up”.  Well said—-that’s what I do. My first thought when I read this headline was,  “yeah, that’s because Montana citizens are more self-sufficient than most other states (including the feds).”
 
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