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Preparedness and Prevention

This little memo was sent out to the airport staff this morning. It is a little foreboding and scary (to me, at least) because it is one of those warnings that something bad is going to happen, but we don't know to who or where. Yikes.

In the latest wide-ranging assessment of threats to American security, intelligence officials indicated that terrorist organizations remained intent on obtaining and using devastating weapons against the U.S.

"It may only be a matter of time before al Qaeda or another group attempts to use chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons," said Porter Goss, new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. An attack from covert al Qaeda operatives inside the U.S. is "the top threat" according to recent information gleaned from investigations and detentions.

Similarly, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned last week that terrorist are "regrouping, recalibrating, and reorganizing for another strike." His remarks follow those of Ronald Noble, the head of Interpol, who said that the danger of another al Qaeda attack in America "has not diminished since 11 September 2001."

The leaders, owners, and operators of the Emergency Services Sector (ESS) understand that the next terrorist attack will directly affect their resources and capabilities in the general target area. In the past three years, countless ESS departments and agencies proactively revised plans, altered training, and upgraded equipment as time and money permitted. Several communities and their ESS leadership logically entered regional arrangements to synergize and bolster assets and capabilities.

However, there are concerns about localities where little preparedness and prevention has been accomplished. Some of these municipalities have severely restrained budgets and resources, but others perceive they are immune to attack because of their small size or remote location. Therefore, the EMR-ISAC recommends reconsideration by communities possessing such perceptions.

Accepting that there are no impervious places in the nation, the EMR-ISAC suggests: "A couple ounces of preparedness and prevention are worth a couple pounds of response and recovery."


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