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Government training citizens in civil defense

Spurred by the threat of terrorism and the prospect of war, the federal government is embarking on the most ambitious effort to train and prepare its citizens for the worst since the civil-defense programs of the 1950s and ’60s. Only this time, Americans aren’t just being told to duck and cover. The Department of Homeland Security is urging people to prepare home disaster kits. Emergency preparedness officials are loading private and government Web sites with instructions for surviving chemical and biological attacks. Schools are being encouraged to develop emergency plans. Corporate CEOs are being forewarned about protecting workers and buildings. And next week, the new department will launch a massive new public-education campaign to try to further educate citizens about preparing for a possible terrorist attack. It’s all part of an effort to answer people’s questions ”in a way that educates and does not alarm,” says Tom Ridge, secretary of Homeland Security. Full Story

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