Be Prepared, Not Afraid, New Security Agency Urges U.S.
The Department of Homeland Security began an intensive effort today to condition Americans mentally and physically for possible attack, issuing detailed advice on how to prepare for a terrorist assault. The secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, announced the campaign in Cincinnati, where he urged Americans to be alert without panicking and not to surrender to a sense of fatalism. The secretary said that general preparedness would do more than speed recovery from an attack. He said it could even prevent one. “Terror forces us to make a choice,” he said. “We can be afraid or we can be ready.” Called the Ready Campaign, the drive announced today seemed at first glance to be an exhaustive compilation of pointers that Mr. Ridge’s department has been setting out for weeks, highlighted by new phone numbers and Web sites. Full Story