Health & Human Services (HHS) recently awarded $5 million for research to support long-term recovery from last year's Hurricane Sandy, and another $3.6 million will be available to support additional research and resources. "We anticipate that the findings not only will help community leaders make evidence-based decisions about recovery plans and policies … but also that the knowledge gained can improve resilience across the entire country," says Nicole Lurie, M.D., HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response. Also, the research will assess how to strengthen health system preparedness.

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