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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Masters of disasters

NEWTON / NEEDHAM / WATERTOWN / WELLESLEY

Newton, Needham, Watertown, and Wellesley are among 27 greater Boston communities that are the best prepared to respond to epidemics and natural or man made disasters, a national public health organization has determined.

The cities and towns singled out by the National Association of County and City Health Officials were rated on their their response readiness, planning, workforce competency, and emergency exercises, officials said. Greater Boston was also cited for its overall readiness, one of only six regions in the nation to receive such the recognition, said Newton Health and Human Services Commissioner David Naparstek.

"The bar is set very high for public health groups to meet this standard, Naparstek said.

-- Connie Paige

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