Continuation Guidance -- Budget Year Five, Attachment K: Cities Readiness Initiative   [open ms word - 107KB]

"Since 1999, the Federal government has expended significant effort and resources to enhance the safety of Americans through the development of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). Funding totaling $130 million was obligated in FY02 and FY03 to aid State and local entities in the development of local distribution and dispensing plans and capabilities for providing stockpile items to citizens. As part of this effort, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has worked directly with State and local officials to develop their distribution and dispensing plans. The initial efforts have been primarily at the state level. As a natural next step and in an effort to leverage the concepts found in the Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 5, the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and the National Response Plan (NRP), CDC is expanding its practice of working with states and other eligible entities toward ensuring a thoroughly integrated local, State, and - where necessary - federal response to a bioterrorism event. The first part of this next step is to increase and enhance readiness of selected cities, in collaboration with State, federal, and private sector partners, to make full and effective use of the SNS in the event of several possible types of catastrophic terrorist attacks for which the SNS contains applicable countermeasures."

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