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6/16/06-Washington, D.C.

Homeland Security Says States And Cities Still Not Ready For Catastrophes

The government says most of us still aren't ready.

Homeland Security has delivered a 160-page document to Congress that says most American cities remain unprepared for catastrophes, nearly five years after Nine-Eleven and ten months after Hurricane Katrina. The department concludes that shortcomings in emergency plans are cause "for significant national concern." It says emergency prep seems to be better in 18 states hugging the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts but notes that evacuation planning remains an area of "profound concern." The report was released as the Senate sent President Bush a 94 (b) billion dollar emergency spending bill that included funds to aid hurricane victims. Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
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