www.mozilla.com Weather Central
Voices
Headlines

State's unemployment rate sticks at 4.9 percent -4/17/2014, 4:39 PM

Couple likes 'doing our own thing' as Icon owners -4/17/2014, 4:39 PM

Airport authority may reduce mill levy -4/17/2014, 3:36 PM

Dole reflects on politics today ahead of Kansas tour -4/17/2014, 3:36 PM

City staff continues to explore role of aquifer project -4/17/2014, 3:36 PM

Environmental studies major to be offered at Kansas Wesleyan -4/17/2014, 3:36 PM

Hutch CC's Jamie Patrick picks Colorado State -4/15/2014, 12:43 PM

myTown Calendar

SPOTLIGHT
[var top_story_head]

Kan. ranked at bottom for health, disaster prep

Published on -12/20/2012, 7:14 AM

Printer-friendly version
E-Mail This Story

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A national survey ranks Kansas at the bottom among states in being prepared for public health emergencies, terrorism incidents and natural disasters.

But state officials took issue Wednesday with the latest, annual "Ready or Not?" report from the nonpartisan Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It gave Kansas and Montana the lowest scores, three on a 10-point scale.

Kansas Division of Emergency Management spokeswoman Sharon Watson said the state has responded successfully to numerous natural disasters and other states routinely seek help from Kansas.

State health department spokeswoman Miranda Steele noted the state's scores have varied widely in recent years.

The report suggested state regulations for day cares aren't rigorous enough in requiring written emergency plans, but Steele said centers often consult with local emergency managers.

digg delicious facebook stumbleupon google Newsvine
More News and Photos

Associated Press Videos

AP Breaking News