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Mississippi ranks high for emergency preparedness

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A report has been released by the Robert Wood Johnson's Trust for America's Health awarding Mississippi and four other states high marks for emergency preparedness.

The other states include Maryland, North Carolina, Vermont and Wisconsin.                                                                                                   

State plans were rated on a 10 point scale and the top five all received eights.

In a news released, state health officials say "Mississippi gets strong marks in public health laboratory readiness, community resiliency, emergency management, infection control and response readiness."

Also according to the news release, the report states:  "The MSDH public health lab has enough staff to work 12-hour days for six to eight weeks during a public health emergency;  MSDH has increased its capacity to test for chemical threats within the Laboratory Response Network; all licensed child care facilities have a multi-hazard, written evacuation and relocation plan; Mississippi is accredited by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP)and participates in a multi-state nurse licensure compact;  Mississippi requires Medicaid coverage for seasonal flu shots;  and MSDH can assemble a public health response team under 11 minutes."

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