Marion County's Dept. of Health recognized for emergency preparedness

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- They are "public health ready." at the start of hurricane season, a national association is honoring Marion County's Department of Health.

County and Health Department leaders received the award Tuesday. The National Association of County and City Health Officials recognized the agency for its ability to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies.

The department showed it could meet preparedness benchmarks set by the association and the Centers for Disease Control.