September 9, 2014

WELL, THAT’S COMFORTING: Despite Massive Funding: DHS not prepared to handle killer pandemic, IG says.

As specific illustrations of how woefully unprepared DHS is, the IG noted these specific problems:

• DHS has a reported inventory of approximately 16 million surgical masks without demonstrating a need for that quantity.

• Personal protective equipment stockpiles include expired hand sanitizer. Out of 4,982 bottles examined, 4,184, or 84 percent, were expired, some by up to 4 years.

• 81 percent of antiviral drugs acquired by the DHS Office of Health Affairs component will expire by the end of 2015.

• DHS and its components do not know where its personal protective equipment is located, how much it has and the usability of the stockpiles that exist.

Pandemics are relatively rare in the U.S., but the country has experienced some devastating examples, including the flu outbreak in 1918 that killed 20 million Americans before it was contained.

Have you noticed that the more pointless crap the government tries to do, the worse it is at the stuff it’s actually supposed to be able to do?

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