According to Natural News, a pair of nonprofit organizations recently released a 79-page analysis of public health preparedness entitled “Ready or Not?” which measured the ability of local hospitals, departments of health and other agencies to prevent or respond to emergencies including major influenza outbreaks, large weather events, bioterrorism and other natural disasters like major tornadoes or earthquakes.
“It’s a grim reckoning,” Reuters reported. “The assessment is based on how many of 10 key benchmarks a state met, such as whether it holds drills to make sure public health workers can respond quickly to, say, a catastrophic release of radiation, and whether its labs can work overtime to identify a mystery disease.”
According to the report, no state met all 10 benchmarks, but clearly some did better than others. This year, 35 states met less than seven of the 10; only five met eight of 10.
Two years ago, by contrast, more states did better overall: 17 met at least nine of the benchmarks in 2010, and 25 met seven or eight; no state met fewer than five benchmarks.
“The report found that while there has been significant progress toward improving public health preparedness over the past 10 years, particularly in core capabilities, there continue to be persistent gaps in the country’s ability to respond to health emergencies, ranging from bioterrorist threats to serious disease outbreaks to extreme weather events,” said the analysis by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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It’s not just “fringe” types and end-of-the-world religious prognosticators; more and more “everyday people” are sensing that something is wrong with their country and the world and are taking steps to prepare for turbulent times.
Yes, technically they are “preppers” in today’s lexicon, but they are far from the kind of people that that term engenders. In fact, some of these “newbies” might even be your neighbors.
As reported by Fortune/CNN:
More and more Americans are spending money to get ready for an uncertain future — gathering food, water, tools and skills to help them weather anything from a hurricane to a pandemic.
Contrary to images of deluded or gun-obsessed “lone wolves,” many preppers are average consumers reacting to concrete worries, and their way of thinking is spreading, fueling an emerging lifestyle trend. That lifestyle is generating demand for a broad spectrum of products offering survival — or even comfort — when large-scale systems go down.
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