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Colorado disaster preparedness earns state high marks in national index Colorado’s overall ability to respond to disease outbreaks, disasters and other big health emergencies rose above the national average this year, according to an index that scores each state in more than 130 areas.
The National Health Security Preparedness Index rated Colorado at 7.1 on a scale of 10, above the 6.8 national figure in the report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The state scored 6.7 last year — equaling the 2016 national average.
The report noted that hazardous threats have increased for several reasons, ranging from new and recurring infectious diseases to terrorism, extreme weather and even cyber-security breaches.
Nationally, improvement on overall preparedness lagged in the South and Mountain West regions, but Colorado bucked that trend with its overall score. The index looked at a variety of measures to determine its scores, including hazard planning in public schools, vaccination rates, 911 capabilities, food and water safety and the number of paramedics and hospitals in the state.
Many of the areas examined fall under the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Dane Matthew, director of the CDPHE’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, said in a statement that the agency uses the index “as a tool for improvement.”