Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The US Remains Unprepared for Disaster

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States remains unprepared for disasters ranging from biological attacks to a flu pandemic, and funding for preparedness is falling, according to a report released on Tuesday.

Many states still lack a stockpile of drugs, masks, gloves and other equipment needed to battle a pandemic of diseases, despite five years of constant and detailed warning, the Trust for America's Health said in its report.

"Overall, federal funding for state and local preparedness will have declined by 25 percent in 3 years if the president's FY (fiscal year) 2008 request is approved," the report reads.

"Until all states measure up, the United States is not safe."
How on earth can this be?? Given all of the billions of dollars appropriated by Congress and squandered by the Department of Homeland Surveillance, how on earth can the United States STILL be unprepared for a disaster? Didn't they learn anything from Katrina (I know, thats a rhetorical question). Just what exactly has that moron in the White House been doing for the last 7 years?

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