Arkansas Gets $5 Million for Disaster Preparedness

MAY 26, 2004 - Posted at 5:24 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas has been allotted more than $5 million in federal money to prepare its hospitals and health-care systems for a variety of disasters.

The preparedness includes bioterrorism, infectious diseases and natural disasters.

The money is part of a $498 million distribution nationwide by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Arkansas Health Department will use its share to prepare for large numbers of casualties and improve communication during disasters.  The money also can be used for trauma and burn care, providing behavioral health services, and buying communications and protective gear.

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