Pandemic Preparedness in the States: An Assessment of Progress and Opportunity   [open pdf - 4KB]

"This paper presents an overall assessment of the current level of pandemic preparedness in the states, based on the NGA Center's observations and an analysis of the information provided by workshop participants. It focuses specifically on preparedness in four sectors or disciplines that are common to all states--healthcare, commerce, education and public safety--and identifies five broad areas in which new or improved policies, procedures, capabilities or strategies are needed to improve overall pandemic preparedness." These areas are workforce policies, schools, situational awareness, public involvement, and public-private sector engagement. […] "Over the course of 2007 and early 2008, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) conducted nine regional pandemic preparedness workshops involving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four of the five U.S. territories. The workshops were designed to examine state pandemic preparedness, particularly in non-health-related areas such as continuity of government, maintenance of essential services, and coordination with the private sector. The workshops also examined the strengths and weaknesses of coordination activities among levels of government, both vertically (state-federal and state-local) and horizontally (state-state) as well as with the private sector."

2008 National Governors Association.
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