Published: 2016-12-20 15:28:28
Updated: 2016-12-20 15:28:28
Posted December 20, 2016
Some states are better prepared for public health emergencies than others.
The Trust for America's Health finds that Massachusetts leads the way in emergency preparedness, scoring a perfect ten on its list of key indicators, things like sustained funding for health services, emergency supplies and facilities to be used during disasters.
North Carolina and Washington state were next, scoring nines.
Twenty-seven states and Washington, D.C., scored 6 or below, with Alaska and Idaho with the lowest scores.
10 out of 10: Massachusetts
9 out of 10: North Carolina, Washington
8 out of 10: California, Connecticut, Iowa, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia
7 out of 10: Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Wisconsin
6 out of 10: Arizona, Arkansas, Washington Dc, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont
5 out of 10: Alabama, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia
4 out of 10: Nevada, Wyoming
3 out of 10: Alaska, Idaho