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State Prepares For Pandemic

August 6th, 2008 by flanews

State Emergency workers are preparing for the worst. A drill simulating an influenza pandemic was held at the States Emergency Operation Center today. The scenario involved one in three Floridians becoming ill and a hundred thousand dying from influenza. The Governor and State Cabinet members participated in the drill. In the event of a real health pandemic, the Governor would be needed to shut down schools and enact a mandatory quarantine. EOC Director Craig Fugate said the drill has bettered prepared Emergency workers to deal with the sick and people who wouldnt survive the pandemic.

We have disaster mortuary teams and medical examiners helping to contain. Again these are our families and weve got to protect them and take care of them until we can final find a final resting place, so part of our plan is well as ramping up to deal with the disease and the sick is ramping up those recourses to help us care for our losses, said Fugate.

Governor Charlie Crist says the scenario could play out in Florida, but he believes the state is prepared to take quick action to save lives.

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