By the National Governors Association (U.S.)
'Public health disasters, like natural or manmade disasters, have the potential to overwhelm a state’s emergency response capabilities resulting in widespread injury or loss of life. While public health threats—such as contaminated drinking water, disease outbreaks and chemical and biological threats—may not cause physical damage to infrastructure, they can occur for prolonged and indeterminate periods of time affecting large segments of the population if not quickly contained.
This paper provides governors with actions they can take to improve preparedness for public health emergencies, which include:
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