It’s been over 17 years since former first lady Hillary Clinton urged a new community spirit in her book “It Takes A Village.” Now President Obama’s administration is doing something even her husband didn’t–turning it into a $600,000, three-year federal program.

“It Takes A Village: Building State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Partnerships for Community Preparedness and Response” is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program aimed at developing an emergency community plan to handle a natural or manmade disaster.

Worried that local and state governments aren’t ready for a crisis, the goal of the program is saving lives by better coordinating state, local and private resources, according to a CDC grant document. The CDC especially wants the grant winner to focus on “underserved community groups such as people with disabilities, non-English speaking populations, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations…”

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