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Two Studies Cite Confusion on Terrorism

Two private studies released this week have found that police officers, firefighters, public school safety officers and other emergency response workers believe that nearly two years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, they are unprepared if terrorists strike again. The larger of the studies, prepared for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and made public today by the Rand Corporation, found that police officers and firefighters agreed that “they do not know what they need to be protected against, what form of protection is appropriate and where to look for such protection.” The report, which surveyed 190 emergency workers in 40 cities and towns in the nation, said a “majority of emergency responders feel vastly underprepared and underprotected for the consequences of chemical, biological or radiological terrorist attacks.” The second study, prepared for the National Association of School Resource Officers, which represents security officials who work in schools, cited a poll this summer that found that more than 90 percent of its surveyed members said they believed that schools were a “soft target” for terrorists and that 76 percent said they thought their schools were inadequately protected. Full Story

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