West Virginia's multi-agency response to help hurricane evacuees is receiving national praise.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a progress report on how well $5 billion in emergency preparedness funding has been used nationwide.
The study says states that aren't hit by a tragedy can be instrumental in the aftermath. The state provided aid, like housing and counseling, to about 300 Hurricane Katrina evacuees.
Between 2002 and 2007, West Virginia spent more than $50 million on emergency preparedness.