Terrorism–are the suburbs prepared?

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City police forces may be prepared to deal with new terrorist attacks related to the impending war against Iraq, but many suburbs lack "even the most basic tools for handling chemical or biological attacks," says the Philadelphia Inquirer. The problem stems in large part from the federal government's failure to come through with billions of dollars in promised aid to localities. "God forbid, if anything happens, we'll get by," said John D. Dougherty Jr., emergency-management coordinator for Southeastern Pennsylvania. "Will it be the best? No."

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