Georgia Among Best Prepared

A recent report from Trust for America's Health gave Georgia high marks for their public health disease, disaster, and bioterrorism preparedness. However, seven states scored better.

The annual "Ready or Not?" report scores states on 10 key indicators based on data from public sources and information provided by officials. Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia scored the highest with 10 out of 10. Scoring just below, 9 out of 10, were Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, and Vermont. Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia received a score of 6-8.

Georgia's 2007 score was a two-point increase from their 2006 score.

The one point which Georgia failed to earn: "Has adequate plans to distribute emergency vaccines, antidotes and medical supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile." As MRC GEM members know, this is being actively addressed both at the state and local level.

The full report can be seen at http://healthyamericans.org/reports/bioterror07/.