David Fletcher's Government and Technology Weblog : news & perspectives from a long-time egov advocate
Updated: 1/2/2004; 9:12:53 AM.



Friday, December 12, 2003

A new report by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) evaluates all 50 states on the issue of bioterrorism preparedness.  According to the report, Utah was among the 75% of states that received a score of 50% or less based on 10 criteria.  The report looked at funding, infrastructure, and other related issues.  Utah was given credit for expanding the health emergency communications network, upgrading public health laboratories, and developing initial bioterrorism response plans.  The Department of Health has also made progress towards the implementation of a statewide emergency notification and alert system that can notify very specific geographic areas when needed.  They have coordinated closely with the Utah Counter-Terrorism Task Force and are actively supporting the Utah Wireless Integrated Network (UWIN) project.  I know that they are working hard to be able to adequately distribute and administer supplies from the national pharmaceutical stockpile, although they were not given credit for it in the report.

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