Blog | Wednesday, September 22, 2010

QD: News Every Day--Preparing for disaster

Emergency preparedness has improved across the U.S. at both the state and local level, according to the CDC. Its recently released report, "Public Health Preparedness: Strengthening the Nation's Emergency Response State by State," found that almost 90% of states and localities are able to activate and rapidly staff emergency operations centers; most had excellent biological lab capability and capacity; and all states could handle urgent disease reports around the clock, among other findings. Speed in reporting relevant data to the CDC also improved, Medpage Today reported.

Remaining challenges include preparing for simultaneous outbreaks and improving quality surveillance and epidemiology. "We must foster improvements for rapid awareness, identification, and communication of health threats; measurable preparedness goals and response plans; and ongoing support for state and local public health," Ali Khan, FACP, director of CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, said in a press release. (CDC, Medpage Today)