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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.

CRI Successes

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.

Cities Included in the Cities Readiness Initiative

Alabama:

  • Birmingham

Alaska:

  • Anchorage

Arizona:

  • Phoenix

Arkansas:

  • Little Rock

California:

  • Fresno
  • Los Angeles
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose

Colorado:

  • Denver

Connecticut:

  • Hartford
  • New Haven

Delaware:

  • Dover

District of Columbia:

  • Washington, D.C.

Florida:

  • Miami
  • Orlando
  • Tampa

Georgia:

  • Atlanta

Hawaii:

  • Honolulu

Idaho:

  • Boise

Illinois:

  • Chicago
  • Peoria

Indiana:

  • Indianapolis

Iowa:

  • Des Moines

Kansas:

  • Wichita

Kentucky:

  • Louisville

Louisiana:

  • Baton Rouge
  • New Orleans

Maine:

  • Portland

Maryland:

  • Baltimore

Massachusetts:

  • Boston

Michigan:

  • Detroit

Minnesota:

  • Minneapolis

Mississippi:

  • Jackson

Missouri:

  • Kansas City
  • St. Louis, MO

Montana:

  • Billings

Nebraska:

  • Omaha

Nevada:

  • Las Vegas

New Hampshire:

  • Manchester

New Jersey:

  • Trenton

New Mexico:

  • Albuquerque

New York:

  • Albany
  • Buffalo
  • New York City

North Carolina:

  • Charlotte

North Dakota:

  • Fargo

Ohio:

  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus

Oklahoma:

  • Oklahoma City

Oregon:

  • Portland

Pennsylvania:

  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh

Rhode Island:

  • Providence

South Carolina:

  • Columbia

South Dakota:

  • Sioux Falls

Tennessee:

  • Memphis
  • Nashville

Texas:

  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • San Antonio

Utah:

  • Salt Lake City

Vermont:

  • Burlington

Virginia:

  • Virginia Beach
  • Richmond, VA

Washington:

  • Seattle

West Virginia:

  • Charleston

Wisconsin:

  • Milwaukee

Wyoming:

  • Cheyenne

CRI Expansion

The CRI project started in 2004 and has grown each year thereafter:

Funding

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.

Page last modified April 2, 2008


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