Colorado Not Prepared For Major Catastrophe

Denver (AP)- The Denver Post reports that officials from Colorado and 21 other states have told homeland security officials they are not prepared to carry out a mass evacuation following a catastrophe. The Post cited a federal draft document it had obtained. Colorado officials, in a nine–page self–assessment, said the costs of responding to such an event would surpass available funding at the state level. Barb Kirkmeyer, Colorado's acting director for local affairs, said the state's resources would be overwhelmed fairly quickly in the event of a catastrophe. Federal officials said they plan to visit Colorado and other
states to work on preparing them.
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