A new report analyzing how ready states are for disasters gives Nebraska one of the best grades in the country, though it finds most states are still lacking in preparedness.
A new report analyzing how ready states are for disasters gives Nebraska one of the best grades in the country, though it finds most states are still lacking in preparedness. Paul Kuehnert is with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one of two non-profit groups that issued the annual report.
Paul Kuehnert, Robert Wood Johnson Fdn "to expect"
The foundation's 10th annual "Ready or Not?" report shows Nebraska failed to meet three out of 10 public health goals. Categories include: public health funding, staffing in labs where infectious disease outbreaks are tested, or mandates that child care centers must have evacuation and relocation plans.
A study that grades the states on disaster preparedness gives Nebraska a seven out of ten for categories like funding for public health programs and requiring evacuation plans for day care centers. Paul Kuehnert, of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, says the report concludes there are "persistent gaps" in the ability of states to respond when a public health threat emerges.
Kuehnert "around the country"
While Nebraska scored a seven out of ten on the study, five states scored as high as eight points, while Kansas and Montana were the lowest, each with just three out of ten.
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