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Comforting...yes?

"Contractors from the Department of Homeland Security fanned out across the country in April asking state and local officials alarming questions about how ready they were for new natural disasters or terrorist attacks.

"If another hurricane like Katrina hit, the contractors asked, how would thousands, even millions, of people evacuate? Would a warning system alert the entire state? What would happen to the bodies of the dead?

"The results of the $5 million attempt by DHS to determine whether states and cities have adequate emergency plans are troubling, and they offer a glimpse of serious behind-the-scenes disagreements among government officials over how prepared the nation is for another catastrophe.

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"There's a substantial gap between our understanding of preparedness and that of Homeland Security's," said Jim Mullen, the director of Washington state's emergency management division, which rated itself less prepared than federal officials did. "There is not a recognition of the full thrust of what has to be accomplished at the state and local level, and that's because there's a fundamental misunderstanding of what we do and what we need."

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