Arkansas' Preparedness Questioned by Emergency Chief

APRIL 28, 2006 - Posted at 7:54 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The state's new chief of emergency preparedness says Arkansas can handle routine disasters such as tornadoes and floods.  But John Brackin says the state may not be fully prepared for an earthquake, pandemic flu or other catastrophe.

Brackin told a legislative panel yesterday that he has serious concerns about state readiness for a large-scale catastrophe.

Brackin was named emergency services director last month.

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