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Progress Report: The Legislature and the Department of Health Have Strengthened Public Health Preparedness, Report No. 07-30, May 2007
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  • The 2005 Legislature improved Florida’s overall emergency preparedness and response capabilities by establishing a statutory domestic security organization and structure.  As we previously recommended, the Department of Health has developed a comprehensive strategy for medical and healthcare preparations against terrorist acts.  The strategy also addresses Florida’s healthcare system for naturally occurring emergencies and uses available federal funds to build the state’s capabilities.  Consistent with OPPAGA’s recommendations, the department’s Office of Public Health Preparedness established risk-based benchmarks for its preparedness capabilities and regularly reviews state progress in meeting objectives.  Finally, the department has recently added the public health threat of pandemic viruses to its preparedness planning.  All state government agencies have a continuity of operations plan to ensure government operations will continue during emergencies, and nearly all are developing plans to deal with a pandemic. 

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 04-75 Florida’s Public Health Preparedness Has Improved; Further Adjustments Needed, published in November 2004.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Community Public Health
Domestic Security

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 06-19 FDLE’s Services Consistent With Its Mission; Salaries Vary; and Staffing Levels Comparable to Other Law Enforcement Agencies, published in February 2006.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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