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Americans wary of, but not prepared for, more terror attacks: survey

Americans have been bombarded with information about what to do in the event of another major terrorist attack, but few have taken the advice to heart, according to a survey. While two thirds of Americans are concerned about the threat of another attack, particularly following the war in Iraq, remarkably few have taken many steps to prepare themselves for such an eventuality, the Harvard University poll found. Less than a third said they had given some thought to making such a plan for themselves and their family, while almost half (44 percent) said they were not sure they knew what officials meant when they talked about an evacuation plan. Only 12 percent had actually made a getaway plan, according to researchers at Harvard School of Public Health. Meanwhile only one in four Americans said they had heard and understood the phrase “shelter in place,” — a term used to describe a secure air-tight room inside a home that could provide temporary refuge in the event of a nuclear, chemical or biological weapons attack. Full Story

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