NEARING RED IN D.C.
Friday, February 14, 2003:
Indications from government sources are that the already heightened Code Orange security alert Washington, D.C., is operating under may be increased to Code Red in the next 24 hours because of heightened concern about a possible terrorist attack. While a top Bush aide said that a change from orange to red–the highest alert–isn't imminent, other moves suggest otherwise. Whispers learns that lawmakers are being encouraged to send their families back to their home states. Other government sources are freely talking about the increased security alert possibly coming as soon as Friday. Also: Equipment that can detect chemical and biological weapons has been deployed in Washington. And some government workers have been warned that if terrorism strikes, agencies might not be able to provide enough water, food or clothing. Thus, they've been told to come to work with the following:
* Change of clothes; soap; bath towel.
* List of emergency contacts and family members.
* Several bottles of water.
* Several snacks (those that do not need to be microwaved or refrigerated).
* Small blanket and pillow.
In addition, the feds have drawn up a list of Internet sites for employees to check in the event of terrorism. They include:
How to Prepare for any Disaster - Your Easy Step-by-Step Preparedness Guide
Effective Emergency Response Plans - Anticipate the Worst, Prepare for the Best Results
Talking About Disaster - Providing Safety Information to the Public
Biological Chemical Information
Terrorism - Preparing for the Unexpected