After the attack on September 11, 2001, Americans became more aware of the threat of terrorism. Right after the attack, many citizens took action to become more prepared by stockpiling food and water. Other citizens became more involved by joining local response teams that trained for catastrophic events. But now after over seven years, our nation is still not yet prepared for terrorist acts.

British authorities released a six-year study last week highlighting a number of changes that have occurred since the attack on American soil. The report indicates that rather than remain as one organization, al-Qaida will most likely splinter into a number of smaller groups. Dr. Marvin Cetron, founder of Forecasting International, a group that advises American counter-terrorism agencies, stated, “Al-Qaida is finding out they can do better with small groups, people who are raised in the country itself, not people who are coming from Islamic lands.” Cetron stated further that these “home-grown” terrorists would more easily fit in and be able to move freely within the general population.

The British study supported another report released in November by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) that indicated that terrorists could steal materials needed to create a weapon of mass destruction (WMD). According to the 2008 report, the Obama administration would “face a world in which the danger that terrorists could get and use a nuclear bomb remains very real.” The NTI found that some stockpiles of bomb-grade material overseas are not being held in secure facilities.

Terrorists do not necessarily have to manufacture a traditional nuclear device to create a level of devastation. To build a sophisticated “dirty bomb”, al-Qaida could utilize the technology of the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used in Iraq and Afghanistan that has advanced significantly over the last 15 years.

In light of these recent reports, you would think that news organizations would be providing everyday citizens with these stark findings about the changes in terrorism. Americans need to be more vigilant and more vocal about being prepared for the possibility of an attack. While citizens can take personal responsibility to store food and other supplies at home, they should also find out if their workplaces are geared up for a domestic incident.

Sector 10, Inc. (SECT.OB) has a number of Stationary Response Units (SRU) that can easily be placed in any building or sports complex to increase people’s ability to survive during an attack. The SRU’s are equipped with specialized gas masks, medical supplies, a two-way communication system, and other important supplies that will enable occupants to breathe easier and communicate with first response teams.

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