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North Carolina scores high on national emergency readiness survey

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

North Carolina, Maryland, Mississippi, Vermont, and Wisconsin scored the highest on a new survey about emergency readiness.

The nonpartisan Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the annual "Ready or Not?" report Wednesday.

Kansas and Montana scored lowest on a 10-point scale measuring preparation for diseases, disasters, bioterrorism and extreme weather.

Rounding out the bottom of the list - Nevada, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, and New Jersey.

The report says that in the years since Sept. 11, 2001, preparedness has improved.
            
But it points to gaps in readiness for health and extreme weather emergencies, bioterrorist threats and serious disease outbreaks.
            
Trust executive Jeffrey Levi calls the report a snapshot of the nation's public health emergency preparedness.

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