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Significant Progress Made in Nation's Preparedness to Respond to Public Health Emergencies; But Gaps in Critical Areas Threaten Overall Readiness
Date:12/18/2007

t (PAHPA) of 2006, issuance of presidential directives, and start-up of the new Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) are significant steps forward. Major challenges that remain include assuring adequate funding for the ASPR's key programs, such as the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), and delivering on the requirements of PAHPA to increase transparency and accountability in all federally-funded preparedness programs.

"Ready or Not? 2007" also includes new information from a U.S. public opinion poll commissioned by TFAH. The poll finds that:

-- Six years after the tragedies of September 11th, 54 percent of Americans believe that the United States is not as safe now as it was prior to September 11th, 2001.

-- Two years after Hurricane Katrina, nearly 60 percent of Americans do not think their community would be prepared to respond to a natural disaster.

-- Nearly 9 out of 10 Americans say they would abide by a voluntary quarantine and stay home in the case of an outbreak of a pandemic flu. Willingness to accept this type of quarantine exists across the public at high levels. Among the 10 percent who say they would not adhere to the government's request of a voluntary quarantine, most indicate that they could not stay at home due to fears of losing needed income (64 percent) or losing their jobs altogether (39 percent).

The survey was designed and conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, Inc. Interviewing was conducted by professional interviewers, and the survey reached 1,020 adults ages 18 and older.

TFAH's report was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. TFAH's report and state-by-state materials are available at: http://www.healthyamericans.org.

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