FBI, CIA: "Threat Justified"

By: ABC News
By: ABC News

FBI Director Robert Mueller told a Senate panel Tuesday that the greatest threat inside the United States comes from Al Qaeda cells that have still not been identified.

CIA Director George Tenet said there was good reason to raise the threat level to high last week.

"The intelligence is not idle chatter, on the part of terrorists or their associates," Tenet said. "It is the most specific we have seen and it is consistent of both our knowledge of Al Qaeda's doctrine and our knowledge of plots in this network, and particularly, its senior leadership has been working for years."

Tenet and Meuller said their agencies are far better prepared to detect and prevent terrorist attacks than they were before Sept. 11.

Meanwhile, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has suggestions of things to do to protect yourself against possible terrorism.

  • Residents should have three days worth of drinking water and food, such as canned items.

  • Keep some cash on hand.

  • Have fresh batteries for flashlights and radios.

  • Make sure you have a first aid kit and a small camp stove or generator is also recommended.

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Homeland Security Advisory System Recommendations for Families

Severe – Red

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Listen to radio/TV for current information/instructions
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities immediately
  • Contact business/school to determine status of work/school day
  • Adhere to any travel restrictions announced by local governmental authorities
  • Be prepared to shelter in place or evacuate if instructed to do so by local governmental authorities
  • Discuss children’s fears concerning possible/actual terrorist attacks

High – Orange

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities
  • Review disaster plan with all family members
  • Ensure communication plan is understood/practiced by all family members
  • Exercise caution when traveling
  • Have shelter in place materials on hand and understand procedure
  • Discuss children’s fears concerning possible terrorist attacks
  • If a need is announced, donate blood at designated blood collection center

Elevated – Yellow

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities
  • Ensure disaster supplies kit is stocked and ready
  • Check telephone numbers and e-mail addresses in your family emergency communication plan and update as necessary
  • If not known to you, contact school to determine their emergency notification and evacuation plans for children
  • Develop alternate routes to/from school/work and practice them

Guarded – Blue

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities
  • Review stored disaster supplies and replace items that are outdated
  • Develop an emergency communication plan that all family members understand
  • Establish an alternate meeting place away from home with family/friends

Low – Green

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Develop a personal disaster plan and disaster supplies kit
  • Take a Red Cross CPR/AED and first aid course

Source: http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/hsas.html
(The American Red Cross Web Site) contributed to this report


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