Key Facts about the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI)
The Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) is a federally funded effort to prepare major US cities and metropolitan areas to effectively respond to a large scale bioterrorist event by dispensing antibiotics to their entire identified population within 48 hours of the decision to do so.
- Enhanced communication and collaboration across state and local boundaries, resulting in optimal use of shared resources.
- Local and state planners have identified capability, strengths, and shortcomings through preparedness planning and technical assistance reviews.
- Availability of federal resources to local areas.
CRI Cities and Metropolitan Areas
CRI cities and metropolitan areas (MSAs) are selected based on population, geographical location, and potential vulnerability to a bioterrorism threat.
District of Columbia:
The CRI project started in 2004 and has grown each year thereafter:
- 2004: CRI started with 21 cities
- 2005: CDC funded 15 additional cities, for a total of 36 CRI cities
- 2006: CDC funded an additional 36 cities, for a total of 72 participating cities, and at least 1 CRI city in each state
Funding for CRI is provided through CDCís Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreement. The funding is provided to enhance the mass dispensing capabilities of the CRI cities and MSAs.
CRI Federal Partners
CDCís Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (COTPER), Division of Strategic National Stockpile is the operational lead, while COTPERís Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR) provides fiscal oversight.In addition, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is working with select CRI cities to develop Postal Plans, in which mail carriers will deliver antibiotics to the homes in selected zip codes. This option is only available to jurisdictions with an approved USPS Dispensing Plan.
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