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Americans split over preparing for attack

In Duncanville, Texas, Home Depot has the plastic sheets and duct tape in special displays up front. At Lowes Home Improvement in Danvers, Mass., there’s been an increase in duct tape and plastic sheeting sales. But in Skokie, Ill., there’s been no significant increase in sales for basic supplies and in Sacramento, Calif., people are wondering if all the talk about sealing a room in the house and stockpiling water and other emergency supplies is a joke. Federal officials last week raised the nation’s security alert level from yellow to orange. Earlier this week, they recommended people lay in three days worth of supplies and be able to seal off a room in case terrorists stage a biological, chemical or dirty bomb attack to coincide with the end of the annual hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage. Dr. Wynn Mabry, homeland security director for the Charlotte, N.C., area, said he doesn’t think plastic and duct tape will do much for anyone. Full Story

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