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The Office of Homeland Security is coordinating national strategy to strengthen protections against terrorist threats or attacks in the United States.

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Latest Homeland Security Developments
Tuesday's Homeland Security Briefing
"...if everybody has a heightened sense of alert, we send a signal not only to America, but those who would terrorize us, those who are trying to disrupt our way of life, that we are on guard as a country," Gov. Ridge said Tuesday.

10-30 Gov. Ridge, Sec. Thompson Hold Briefing
10-29 Gov. Ridge, Sec. Thompson Hold Briefing
10-29 Gov. Ridge Names Deputy Director of Homeland Security
10-24 Gov. Ridge, Medical Authorities Discuss  Anthrax
10-23 Gov. Ridge Discusses Anthrax Situation
10-19 Gov. Ridge, Leaders Discuss Homeland  Security
10-18 Gov. Ridge, Leaders Discuss Homeland Security

By the Numbers
The U.S. Government has eight stockpiles or push packages containing 50 tons of medical supplies that can be anywhere in the United States within 12 hours or less. It takes nine semi-trucks to haul the supplies.

There are 7,000 medical personnel distributed in 90 medical assistant teams throughout America and 6,000 members of the Surgeon General's Commission Corps.

There are 66 names on the Terrorist Financing List.

Tips to Protect Against Terrorism
Source: FEMA

Be alert and learn where emergency exists are located. Think ahead about how to evacuate a building, subway or congested public area in a hurry. Learn where staircases are located.

Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do not leave luggage unattended.

Learn about the different types of terrorist weapons including explosives, kidnappings, hijackings, biological agents, arson, and shootings.

More tips from FEMA on handling terrorism.


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Director of the Office of Homeland Security Tom Ridge holds a press conference in the Dwight D. Eisenhower Office Building. Director of the Office of Homeland Security Tom Ridge holds a press conference in the Dwight D. Eisenhower Office Building. 

Cipro Purchase
Secretary Thompson and the President and CEO of the Bayor Corporations announced agreement for a significant new federal purchase of the antibiotic ciprofloxacin (trademarked Cipro) at a substantially lowered price. Supplementing existing emergency stockpiles, it would be available for use in the event of a bioterror event.

U.S. Department of Agriculture is distributing $2 million in grants to 32 states to bolster emergency animal disease prevention, preparedness, response and recovery systems.

President Unveils "Most Wanted" Terrorists en Español
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