HHS said that it will disburse an additional $75 million to states, territories and four metropolitan areas to bolster preparedness efforts for a pandemic flu outbreak.
The department said the one-time planning grants will supplement the $430 million that HHS announced in June to help hospitals and other health facilities respond to bioterror attacks, infectious diseases and natural disasters that could cause mass casualties.
Specifically, the funds are intended to establish or enhance stockpiles of critical medical equipment and supplies; develop plans for the maintenance, distribution and sharing of those resources; plan for alternate-care sites; and conduct medical surge exercises. The new funding allocates $2.5 million for the state of New York; $1.9 million for New York City; about $5.5 million for California; and $364,000 for the District of Columbia. -- by Jessica Zigmond