Indiana Achieves High Score For Readiness

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Indiana State health officials announced their readiness in the Strategic National Stockpile assessment by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) received a score of 91 out of 100, ranking Indiana as one of the highest rated states in the country for their preparation for a massive medical response.

"We were all excited by the results," said State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe, M.D. "Our staff has worked hard for two years to build a strong plan and train for a response. This has been an excellent effort by our Public Health Preparedness division."

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The CDC conducted a three-day, two-part evaluation of the ISDH's capability to respond to a large terrorist attack or very large natural disaster. The Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response (PHPER) division is responsible for all preparedness and response efforts related to terrorist attacks, pandemic influenza, and large natural disasters.

State plans are measured in terms of exercise and training, level of security, performance in receiving and distribution of medicines, and public information.

"This shows the CDC believes our plan is strong, and they're convinced we can provide for the people of Indiana to the high standards they have set," said Bob Clifford, Deputy Director for Operations, PHPER.

During a terrorist attack or natural disaster, the CDC is prepared to deploy massive amounts of medicines and medical materials to Indiana. The ISDH will provide those materials to the specific area to treat everyone potentially affected by the event.

"While we are pleased with the results of the CDC evaluations and their rating, we know a lot more can and must be done," said Clifford. "We are building and exercising a plan that we hope will never be used."

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