FUND HOMELAND SECURITY INITIATIVES RELATED TO BIOTERRORISM AND PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS
WHEREAS, funding for Homeland Security activities related to public health preparedness, emergency preparedness, response and training are based on a standard formula, not local need, as different border communities are disproportionately affected; and
WHEREAS, best practices have already been developed for regional response, strategic national stockpile, and all hazards preparedness; and
WHEREAS, public health emergency/disaster and bioterrorism and preparedness and response are a challenge, requiring an immediate and expert local response; and
WHEREAS, funding and program support continues to be developed with regional approaches, which are not practical in all areas of the country; and
WHEREAS, additional and enhanced services in surveillance report, health alerts, and health risks assessment, as well as risk communication and education, mental health support and the training for response, preparedness and personal protective equipment is critical,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors sees an absolute critical need for Homeland Security Initiatives Related to Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness.