Nevada officials disagree with TFAH report

Two ranking Nevada public safety officials disagreed on Wednesday with a recent report that ranked the state at a four out of 10 for preparedness to respond to bioterrorism, disasters and diseases.

Nevada Department of Public Safety Director Chris Perry and State Emergency Management Chief Chris Smith said they would look into the criteria used in the "Ready or Not" report. The report was released earlier this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health, Associated Press reports.

"The state of Nevada in its total emergency preparedness is in very good shape statewide," Smith said, according to Associated Press. "No one agency works alone. Exercises, training planning and development affect all disciplines. We're going to talk with the folks who wrote this report to see where we may be lacking."

Dale Carrison, a longtime former head of the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security, said that Nevada is not as prepared as it once was.

"The difficult part of the question is what are we prepared for?" Carrison said, according to Associated Press. "Are we talking about IED (explosives)? Bioterrorism? To be prepared for everything takes funding and effort."

Jeffrey Levi, the director of Trust for America's Health, said that funding cuts and complacency were the two biggest threats in preparedness for bioterrorism, diseases, disasters and extreme weather events.

Nevada received failing marks for health system preparedness, emergency management industry accreditation, extreme weather event preparedness, infectious disease control and vaccinations, funding for public health programs and public health laboratory staffing, and surge capacity, Associated Press reports.