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LOCKPORT – For the third consecutive year, the Niagara County Health Department received a perfect score from the state Health Department on emergency preparedness.

Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton said Tuesday that the 100 percent score in the review, conducted Oct. 22, came despite budget cuts and increasing state and federal mandates in the readiness sphere.

The state report said Niagara County’s “attention to detail and completeness of their plans, attachments and reference materials is a model for other jurisdictions. … Niagara County takes planning beyond the requirements and should continue to think forward and prepare for all-hazards responses.”