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Ohio Gets High Marks For Preparing To Handle Health Effects Of Disasters

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A new study shows Ohio and the U.S. are making progress in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from the health effects of natural disasters or other large scale emergencies.

Doctor Glen Mays with University of Kentucky says Ohio's rate mirrors the national average of over 6 percent in the 2016 National Health Security Preparedness Index.

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Mays says 20 states, mainly in the Northeast and Upper Midwest, scored higher than the national average. Mays says many states still need to focus on multiple ways to respond to a disaster.

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The index was released through the non-profit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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