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Alabama Improves Health Disaster Preparation

Montgomery – A national report released Tuesday says state and local governments in Alabama have shown improvement in the last two years in being prepared to deal with a major health emergency.

The report by the nonprofit organization Trust for America's Health is titled "Ready or Not" and rates the states in 10 categories of preparedness.

Two of the categories include the state's stockpiling of vaccines and the ability to test for biological threats.

Alabama received a positive mark in nine of the 10 categories.

That's a big jump from two years ago when the state was marked with just two out of 10.

Just seven states received a positive mark for all 10 categories.

Alabama was among 15 states to receive positive marks in nine of the 10 indicators.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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