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Maine earns a C+ in disaster preparedness

December 18, 2008
Bangor Daily News

In a new study of states' preparedness for disease outbreaks, bioterror attacks and other large-scale disasters, Maine scored six points out of a possible 10 and earned a grade of C+.

More than half of all states, along with the District of Columbia, scored seven points or fewer in the study, which was released Tuesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health. The nonprofit groups faulted the national economic decline and recent cuts in federal funding for eroding emergency preparedness across the nation.

"States are being asked to do more with less," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "We all have a stake in strengthening America's public health system, because it is our first line of defense against health emergencies."

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