Yet AZ GOP congressional delegation supports Napolitano’s appointment
Outgoing Arizona Gov. Napolitano is such a whiz-bang at providing disaster security to Arizona, it’s clear to see why she was selected by president-elect Obama to lead Homeland Security and rates accolades from Sens. McCain and Kyl.
Arizona is tied for last place in disaster preparedness according to a new 124 page report titled “Ready or Not: protecting the public’s health from diseases, disasters and bioterrorism – 2008.” The report details Arizona’s abysmal lack of readiness as compared to other states.
In Arizona, under the leadership of Gov. Napolitano, we’re not ready! Even the Arizona Republic, her most slavishly loyal supporter, had to admit that we are tied for LAST PLACE in disaster readiness in a front page article today.
Check out the state-by-state public health preparedness indicators and scores. Page 23 shows Arizona is among the 16 states that have purchased LESS than 50% of their share of federally-subsidized antiviral drugs to stockpile for use during an influenza pandemic. In fact, we have only 12% to combat an epidemic.
Arizona was among 20 states and D.C. that were NOT able to identify the pathogen responsible for reported foodborne disease outbreaks at a rate that met or exceeded the national average.
We are ill prepared to deal with community medical emergencies, and are not in compliance with a medical reserve corps.
No state-wide agency is enrolled in the retail food regulatory program.
In the event of a chemical terrorist attack, we’re screwed.
Read the independent analysis in the full report by two non-profit health advocacy groups here.
If she’s confirmed, the entire nation will have to cope with the ineptness that is Janet Napolitano.