"The need for well-prepared emergency response agencies was never more evident than on September 11th. While much of the aftermath of those events has resulted in an increased focus on these agencies in urban areas, it has also become clear that such a focus is also necessary in rural areas. Rural areas are not only home to 65 million Americans, but are also the sites of most of the country's farms, numerous power facilities and weapons of mass destruction. A lack of emergency-related resources in rural areas may compromise rural readiness for future emergencies. This paper will address rural emergency preparedness by describing: Rural public health infrastructure and an overview of rural emergency preparedness; and Perspectives and experiences of State Offices of Rural Health in responding to emergencies and in enhancing responsiveness in their States' rural communities."
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