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Text alerts to counter terror attack

Text messaging will be used to alert top figures in the City to a major terrorist attack, the government said yesterday. A sophisticated text messaging system is being developed to ensure that business leaders can be contacted immediately and told what to do should the capital suffer something similar to the attacks on New York and Washington. The strategy was revealed by Nick Raynsford, the minister responsible for the capital’s “resilience” against terrorist attacks, when he was questioned by the Commons defence select committee on the steps the government is taking to strengthen London’s defences. He said the idea of circulating leaflets detailing what Londoners should do in the event of a terrorist strike had been dismissed because the range of possible attacks – which could involve the use of chemical, biological or even nuclear weapons – was so great any leaflet risked being over-complex, confusing or misleading. Instead, residents would be informed through TV, radio and the internet, with material given out by emergency services and local authorities. Full Story

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