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Review Calls for Better Disaster Response in Illinois
A review has uncovered several shortfalls in Illinois' readiness to handle disasters and emergencies.
According to the findings, 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 needs to be done to identify where children and those with disabilities live, and plans for caring for them.
The results are part of a new assessment tool called the National Health Security Preparedness Index.
The director of the Illinois Department of Public Health said last month's deadly tornadoes are a "stark reminder of the importance of being prepared."