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Study: Emergency Responders Unprepared

Nearly two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the United States remains “dangerously unprepared” to handle another catastrophic attack, according to a study by the Council on Foreign Relations. The government says it already has done some of what the council suggested and is working on other recommendations. The report said the main problem is that emergency responders on the front lines — police, fire, public health and other officials — are drastically underfinanced and lack the equipment or training they need. The council, a New York-based private world affairs advocacy organization, recommended spending $98 billion beyond the $27 billion it said the federal government planned to spend on first responders over the next five years. Full Story

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