Philadelphia’s Not Prepared For An Emergency

According to an article in the July 2006 issue of Reader’s Digest, Philadelphia is the 8th most prepared major city in America out of 10 if a disaster were to hit us.

Judging criteria under crisis communications, medial response, and emergency readiness, Reader’s Digest judged Detroit, Miami, Las Vegas, NYC, L.A., Houston, Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. Miami and NYC were tied for their disaster readiness, scoring an 81% out of 100%.

Philadelphia falls flat in having a locla search-and-rescue task force, meeting CDC guidelines to distribute the National Stockpile, having successfully delpyed E911, and having 500 hospital beds per 100,000 residences. Philadelphia excels in having a local laboratory that specialize in bio and chem threats. We lead Las Vegas and Detroit.

Being the fifth most populous city in the nation, but being eighth in terms of prepared for a disaster? It might be far-fetched, but it’s still something that could be improved upon.

You can read the RD article here.

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