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U.S. to Unveil National Response Plan

The Bush administration is setting national emergency response standards for states and local governments to stem the type of confusion and turf battles that marked the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.The National Response Plan, being unveiled Thursday afternoon, gives local responders the main responsibility for managing emergencies, with the federal government intervening only when the incident exceeds local or state capabilities. The 426-page plan “embodies our nation’s commitment to the concept of one team, one goal: a safer and more secure America,” Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said in a prepared statement obtained by The Associated Press. He was to present the plan Thursday to the National Governors Association.Full Story

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