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PREPARING FOR THE WORST:


The county is entering Phase I of its preparedness campaign for avian flu or a pandemic by distributing brochures in supermarkets, launching a Web site, and hiring a public communications director. Amid half-joking references to the federal government’s mishandling of the Katrina disaster, county officials also directed staff to look into purchasing helicopters and retaining someone to serve in a command and control capacity in case of emergency.



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