WASHINGTON (WTVA) -- Mississippi is among the nation's best at being prepared to protect residents from disease, disaster, or bioterrorism.
The Magnolia State was among a group of five states to score an 8 out of 10 in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations "Ready or Not?" report released Wednesday.
The state met eight criteria set aside by the study when it came to emergency preparedness, response, and funding.
Mississippi did not meet criteria on extreme weather event preparedness and having 90 percent of child between 19 months and 35 months immunized against whooping cough.
The state of Alabama is among a group of 11 states to score a 7 out of 10.
Alabama did not meet the criteria on extreme weather, immunizations for whooping cough, and health system preparedness.