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Disaster Preparedness

There is no doubt that the disasters of recent years, including terrorist attacks, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, and tornadoes, have spurred ***** awareness of preparedness on all levels. Disaster preparedness has become a top priority for local, state and federal agencies, as well as the average citizen.

***** December 2005, a report was released by Emergency Preparedness News that revealed the federal government had received a D+ ***** post 9/11 public health emergency preparedness (Feds). Moreover, according to the Trust for America's Health, thirty-two *****s scored five or less out ***** ten f***** key ***** indicators (Feds). A panel of twenty experts was assembled by TFAH to evaluate the ***** government based on twelve aspects of emergency preparedness (Feds). Based on the evaluations, federal agencies received a D or *****- for coordination among agencies, establishing measurable goals, the Small Pox Initiative, Hurricane Katrina public health responsibilities, and ***** BioWatch program (Feds). *****, the evaluation determined that states made poor showings in being prepared for a surge of patients, consultation with infection control *****, and prioritizing and distributing vaccines ***** antidotes during a disease outbreak (Feds).

***** Federal ***** Management Agency has designed several *****s for all *****, including local, state, and federal, of emergency *****. FEMA warns ***** following a dis*****ster, communities may be isolated and unable to communicate *****in the area itself and/or ***** other areas (Federal). The Community Emergency Response Team, CERT, program supports volunteers at a local level by providing training th***** will teach them to organize and respond to a disaster, such a reaching the disaster site, assisting victims, and collecting disaster intelligence (*****). ***** is sponsored ***** ***** governments, ***** consists of twenty hours of instruction on topics that include "***** preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, team organization, and ***** psychology" (Federal). Upon completion, participants then are able to participate in training activities and help their local communities *****tter prepare for emergencies (Federal).

Being prepared has numerous advantages by helping to reduce fear and anxiety, ***** ***** to reduce loss of life and property (Federal). Many precautions are relatively basic, ***** as knowing what to do in the event of a *****, where to seek shelter in the event ***** a tornado, ***** aw***** of ***** locations of ***** shelters, and knowledge of ***** medical needs (Federal). Citizens should know how to ***** to disasters, whether natural or terr*****ism, by preparing ***** be self-sufficient for at least three days, ***** "providing for shelter, first aid, food, w*****er, and sanitation" (Federal). According to *****, every citizen is part of the national ***** management system, thus it is vital to be *****are of the responsibilities involved in protecting family and loved ones, such as *****ing the r*****ks and danger signs, purc*****ing insurance, ***** *****sembling a disaster supply kit (Federal).

***** officials are responsible for identifying hazards and assessing risk ***** *****, enforcing building codes and zoning ordinances, coordinating emergency plans, responding to fires and hazardous materials incidents, securing emergency supplies


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