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#280760 - 05/24/16 06:20 PM States ranked acording to preparedness
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FYI.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/photos/the-states-least-prepared-for-disaster/ss-BBtbZCS#image=1

http://nhspi.org/nations-preparedness-for-public-health-emergencies-is-improving-2016-index-shows/

Originally Posted By: The States Least Prepared for Disaster
To determine which states are best prepared for an environmental disaster or a public health emergency, 24/7 Wall St. rated states based on criteria determined by the National Health Security Preparedness Index, a program of the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. For each state, we reviewed certain disaster preparedness policies, such as whether the state mandates child-care facilities to have emergency evacuation plans, whether state public health labs have enough staff to properly combat a serious disease outbreak, and whether the state has a firm plan to combat issues that can stem from climate change. Currently, just 15 states have such a plan.

We also reviewed states on measures including the number of physicians and emergency medical technicians per capita, as well as changes in emergency management funding.
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#280773 - 05/26/16 03:39 AM Re: States ranked acording to preparedness [Re: Mark_R]
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Interesting that Texas is #40. It seems ranking is based on $$$ spent by the state for emergency preparedness plus EMTs/100,000 people. A ranking of states by prepared/self reliant citizens would be interesting but impossible to create.

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#280799 - 05/26/16 08:42 PM Re: States ranked acording to preparedness [Re: Blast]
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Originally Posted By: Blast
Interesting that Texas is #40. It seems ranking is based on $$$ spent by the state for emergency preparedness plus EMTs/100,000 people. A ranking of states by prepared/self reliant citizens would be interesting but impossible to create.

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I, unfortunately, concur. Given that a large chunk of the prepper community seems to be less then enamored with government emergency management agencies, an accurate survey would be impossible. It would be like taking a survey at a POSTERKNOWSBETTER/FAVORITENUTTERS rally.

That being said, it'll give you some perspective on the line between being adequately prepared for a disaster, and overkill.
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#280803 - 05/26/16 11:23 PM Re: States ranked acording to preparedness [Re: Mark_R]
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Regardless of how much money is spent, what would be pertinent is the effectiveness of disaster response. Judging from the response to Sandy, effectiveness does not always correlate well with expenditures.

How do the individual states rank in disaster response effectiveness?
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#280805 - 05/27/16 12:54 AM Re: States ranked acording to preparedness [Re: Blast]
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I believe that the survey used something like a hundred different categories to come with their rankings.

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#280824 - 05/27/16 07:35 PM Re: States ranked acording to preparedness [Re: JeffMc]
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Originally Posted By: JeffMc
I believe that the survey used something like a hundred different categories to come with their rankings.

They're pulling in some serious data to make decisions. This is not anecdote base pseudo science. There are 134 metrics (measurement and evaluation criteria) spread across six categories:
http://nhspi.org/the-index/
*Health Security Surveillance: 29 metrics
*Community Planning & Engagement: 20 metrics
*Incident & Information Management: 21 metrics
*Healthcare Delivery: 28 metrics
*Countermeasure Management: 19 metrics
*Environmental & Occupational Health:17 metrics

Also, the foundation paying for the studies (Robert Wood Johnson, of Johnson and Johnson fame) appears to be a legitimate philanthropy and not a political mouthpiece. So, the results presented are probably accurate enough to base decisions on.
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