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Kansas ranks 2nd in disaster preparedness study

December 12, 2006
by Sam Hananel
Associated Press

Kansas ranks second in the nation in planning for bioterror attacks and other public health emergencies, a new report finds. The report by the Trust for America's Health said Kansas meets nine of 10 indicators of emergency preparedness. Last year, the state met only half the criteria. "The success that we've seen this year is really from the productive partnerships we have with our local health departments, the hospitals and other agencies throughout the state," said Joe Blubaugh, a spokesman for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. "We're really starting to see those dividends pay off."

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