Recent Review Calls For Better Illinois Disaster Response

By: 23 Newsroom
By: 23 Newsroom

SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- A review has found several shortfalls in Illinois' readiness to respond to disasters and emergencies.

This review comes as a stark reminder of the importance of being prepared in hindsight of last month's deadly tornadoes.

The review concluded that 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 a plan for caring for them.

Those conclusions came from a new assessment tool called the National Health Security Preparedness Index.


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