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Red Cross Urges Americans to Prepare for Terrorism

The American Red Cross unveiled a campaign Thursday urging Americans nervous about the threat of terrorism to prepare their homes for a possible attack and volunteer in their communities. The plan advises Americans to stockpile a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food as well as first aid kits, medications and tools including flashlights. It also urges individuals, businesses and schools to form predetermined evacuation plans and to get trained by local Red Cross chapters in preparedness techniques for natural or man-made disasters. The announcement came a day after the Bush Administration made public a similar preparedness effort. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge rolled out a national readiness campaign at a local Red Cross chapter in Cincinnati on Wednesday. The campaigns target a nation on edge in its third week of high terror threat alert. Administration officials raised the threat alert level in the first week of February because of what they said was credible intelligence on possible terrorist actions coinciding with the end of the Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage. Full Story

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