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Region unprepared for disaster

Joe Mahr and Phillip O'Connor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch find that "repeated recommendations from all levels of government in an eight-state region of the central United States have been largely ignored on how to best brace for an event that scientists expect to kill thousands and cause widespread chaos." The Post-Dispatch reviewed studies, reports, and interviewed government officials, researchers and preparedness advocates to reveal that "More than two decades after federal and state officials called for massive preparations for a major earthquake in this region, including St. Louis, a Post-Dispatch investigation found that government has failed to marshal many of its own resources to prepare for a disaster that could rival the devastation of Hurricane Katrina."

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