What is the Cost of Your Home's Security? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/19/03

What is the Cost of Your Home's Security?

"We can be afraid, or we can be ready," said Tom Ridge, Director of Homeland Security. On Wednesday he launched an ad campaign to prepare America for a terrorist attack.

A ( new website) urges citizens to make a kit, stock food supplies for at least 3 days, and prepare your home for the worst.

"My generation probably thought that nothing like this could have ever happened," said Home Depot sales associate Wes Creacy. He helped put a dollar figure on the website recommendations.

First step, plastic sheeting and duct tape. "60 yards of duct tape at $4.99 a roll, that's quite a bit of duct tape," he said. Air filtration masks? "You can spend anywhere from $2.39 to $29.97," said Creacy. Flashlights? "A combo pack of two flashlights and batteries go for $5.99." A first aid kit? "A basic one goes for $19.99," he said. And an air filtration system for one room? "Those run anywhere from $19.97 to $167.00 ," he said.

The grand total? $180.00

"I think it's important to be on alert, not get panicky," said Creacy. If it makes them feel better then it's an excellent idea," he said.

As for groceries; food for a family of four, that will last at least three days, will cost about $60. All totaled, for about $250 a family can establish a reasonable set-up to protect them in case of an attack.

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