The state auditor has classified the Department of Public Health and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services as “high risk” for years.
The two agencies are supposed to prepare and act during state emergencies, such as natural disasters and disease outbreaks, but the auditor has questioned their ability to do so, due to funding shortfalls, staff turnover, and a lack of training and overall strategy.
The latest audit says that's changed, federal and state funding have stabilized, and planning and training have improved, to the point at which they no longer need those "high risk" labels.
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