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Members briefed on emergency preparedness

Logan County District Board of Health members learned at their Wednesday afternoon meeting  about the Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Grant that assists the county in preparing for a variety of emergency situations.

Corinne Riegler, emergency preparedness coordinator and public information officer, said the grant was initiated following the September 2001 terrorist attacks and subsequent anthrax threats.

The countrywide response to those events revealed a weakness in the public health infrastructure, so the federal grants have been awarded to help the country prepare for and better manage a large-scale emergency.

Starting in 2004, the Logan County Health District has received an average of about $100,000 in grant funds each year, and the monies have been utilized for planning purposes and also to purchase equipment, such as GPS systems, desktop and laptop computers, a walk-in cooler to store vaccines, a trailer to store supplies and upgrades to network servers.

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