"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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