Illinois ranks low in disaster preparedness

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CHICAGO, Ill.  (AP) — A new report says Illinois fares worse than most states on disaster preparedness.

The report is an annual ranking on 10 preparedness measures for disease outbreaks, bioterrorism and natural disasters. Illinois and eight others got a “six.” Two states did worse, but most did better. Arkansas, North Dakota and Washington state scored a perfect 10.

States got points for increasing or maintaining public health services funding last year. Illinois was among 33 that decreased funding. But Illinois’ decrease, 2.6 percent, was smaller than most.

Illinois is also among states without a requirement for licensed child-care centers to have a written multi-hazard evacuation plan and lacking electronic surveillance for monitoring and sharing outbreak data.

The report is from the Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit, non-partisan health advocacy group.

Copyright 2010 Associated Press

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