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Study: 'First Responders' Underfunded

Government agencies across the nation are dramatically underfunding efforts to prepare police, fire and ambulance personnel for terrorist attacks, and should spend $98 billion on that task beyond current plans for the next five years, according to a study by the Council on Foreign Relations. The 62-page report, to be released Monday by a task force of the nonpartisan research group, concludes that while the Homeland Security Department is doing valuable work, the federal government should increase its spending fivefold as part of the effort to prepare “first responders” for terrorist strikes. “Although the American public is now better prepared in some respects to address aspects of the terrorist threat than it was two years ago, the United States remains dangerously ill-prepared to handle a catastrophic attack on American soil,” according to the study by the Independent Task Force on Emergency Responders. Full Story

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