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Illinois' Emergency Preparedness Plan Among Best in Nation

December 29, 2007
Lincoln Daily News

Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich announced Dec. 19 that Illinois has received among the highest scores in the nation for preparedness planning for bioterrorism, disaster and disease. Illinois was one of only seven states to receive a perfect score from the Trust for America's Health as part of the research group's annual readiness report. The Illinois Emergency Health Preparedness Plan received a score of 10 out of 10 possible. Reviewers considered 10 possible indicators, including distribution of necessary medications and medical supplies in the event of an emergency. "Illinois has made tremendous progress in preparing to respond to a potential public health disaster. While we are pleased with the score, we know our job is not done. We will continue working hard and develop new strategies to help protect and save lives in our state," Blagojevich said. The "Ready or Not?" report by Trust for America's Health contains state-by-state health preparedness scores based on key indicators to assess health emergency preparedness capabilities. All 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia were evaluated. Besides Illinois, other states achieving 10 of the 10 possible indicators were Kentucky, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia.

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