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Homeland Security Details Gaps in Preparation

Most American cities and states are not ready for a major disaster, a new report to Congress says. Nearly five years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks -- and 10 months after Hurricane Katrina -- the Department of Homeland Security found major shortcomings in emergency planning, as well as a lack of coordination and antiquated response guidelines.

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Pam Fessler is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where she covers poverty, philanthropy, and voting issues.