"This year has shown us, once again, that we can't predict the next disaster. But it has also shown us clearly how being prepared protects health and saves lives. Emergencies can devastate a single area, as we saw with Hurricane Matthew, or span the globe, like Zika virus. Disasters from 9/11 to Ebola have demonstrated that we absolutely must have people, strategies, and resources in place before an emergency happens. CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] is committed to strengthening the nation's health security by protecting against public health threats, whether they begin at home or abroad, or if they are natural or man-made. We know that when we don't respond quickly and to scale, outbreaks become epidemics, natural disasters become crucibles for illness, and the human toll of terrorist attacks can mount. [...] Every response holds lessons on how to prepare for the next one. Today's interconnected landscape calls on us to invest, to innovate, and to remain flexible in our effort to safeguard the health and security of all Americans."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/