I do agree with the findings of identifying the congressional funding to the states as the problem when it comes to preparedness on calamities such as Hurricane Sandy. Certain national results have pointed out wanting relationship between the states and Federal agencies to be cause unpreparedness in levels like infrastructure and planning.
In a report involving Department of Health and Human Services on the state’s health infrastructure, it pointed out that the infrastructure has been disdained as time passed on. This then rooted poor quality and below par performance of the health system when it comes to disaster preparedness. It pointed out that proper overview the States health infrastructure would be a major boost that would help in reviving an important agency in disaster preparedness (Institute of Medicine report, 2002).
Ushistory.org, Federal-State Relations Today: Back to Sates’ Rights? American Government Online Textbook, http://www.ushistory.org/gov/3c.asp, Monday, April 22, 2013, 2013.
In do not entirely agree with second answer given. I think changes by individual agencies would be more productive .After the recent disasters such as hurricane Sandy and Bird flu Epidemic. The State agreed to assess various states in public health preparedness such as one done in the California’s State (Nicole, Jeffrey, Christopher, Public Health and Preparedness).They made several suggestions which led o changes in the health system that would see it improve. They include changing the work force. This brought new personnel and with it new duties for each. An example is hiring of bioterrorism preparedness supervisors who brought in new ideas when it came to dealing with various issues. Cross training was also implemented and it enhanced the whole health faculty to concentrate on a more focused goal.
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