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West side view of the United States Capitol building.From hurricanes to swine flu and even bioterrorism, the United States has repeatedly faced public health threats in recent years. Adequately managing a crisis involves cooperation between many different organizations, both in the private and public sector.

Click here to see the seven states least prepared for disaster

State governments are one of the main bodies to take on the challenge of handling a disaster, and not all states are equally prepared. Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit organization dedicated to disease prevention, published a report in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a large healthcare philanthropy, scoring states based on their readiness for a public health threat. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the seven states least prepared to deal with these kinds of disasters.

TFAH analysts looked at such indicators as public health funding — whether it increased from 2011 to 2012, and infectious disease control and…

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