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Federal Agencies Prepare for War

They are stockpiling food and water at the State Department, handing out “escape hoods” at the Pentagon and learning how to “shelter in place” at the Environmental Protection Agency. As war looms in Iraq, federal agencies are girding against possible retaliatory attacks in Washington by honing protective measures put in place after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist strikes and adding a few new ones as well. Like Americans armed with government-recommended duct tape and plastic sheeting, the agencies are getting some guidance from the administration. The color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System, for example, directs officials to take certain steps as the risk of an attack rises, such as increasing surveillance at buildings, dispersing workers to alternate sites and, in an extreme case, closing government facilities. Full Story

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