Illinois needs work on disaster and emergency preparedness


SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois has some work to do to become ready to respond to disasters and emergencies.

A new assessment tool called the National Health Security Preparedness Index found several shortfalls in Illinois' readiness to respond.

The review concluded there could be better coordination with local communities on things like identifying and pre-registering volunteer health professionals who could be called upon during an emergency.

The review also found more needed to be done to identify populations at greater risk in the event of disasters, such as children with disabilities, and to plan for caring for them.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director LaMar Hasbrouck says last month's deadly tornadoes were "a stark reminder of the importance of being prepared."

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