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Bomb squad technician William Powell examines a suspicious package during an unannounced anti-terrorism drill. D.C. police have conducted more than 30 such training exercises since the September 2001 terrorist attacks. (Mark Gail - The Washington Post)

Personal Preparedness Guide: Information on biological, chemical and nuclear attacks; local evacuation routes and hospitals; and coping, personal planning and resources.

Q & A Prospect of Emergency Brings Plenty of Questions
Video: Residents React to Terror Threat
Video: The Bioterrorism Threat
Video: Bioterrorism and the Body
Reporter's Query
What Concerns You?
Do you have a question about the dangers of bioterrorism and what you can do to protect yourself and your family? Washington Post Staff Writer Valerie Strauss has been answering commonly asked questions in the paper. But if you have a question that The Post hasn't answered, send her an e-mail at Please include a phone number where you can be contacted. Please note that not all questions can be answered, and specific medical advice will not be given.
Anti-Terrorism Training Expands 
D.C. police officer Timothy Hennigan was on routine patrol in Southeast Washington when his cruiser's radio reported an ominous-sounding situation: A suspicious car was parked near a large water tower, and a man had been seen sprinting from the area.

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Creating a Comfort Zone: How to Build Peace of Mind in Threatening Times (Post, March 16, 2003)

All Taped Up and Nowhere to Go (Post, March 16, 2003)

How a Mask Works (Post, March 16, 2003)

Worst-Case Scenario: Code Red Means It's Time to Put Plans Into Action (Post, March 16, 2003)

Schools Advise Parents: Please Stay Away: Different Plans Exist Even Within Districts (Post, March 16, 2003)

Neighbors Uniting To Help Each Other (Post, March 16, 2003)

From Israel, Lessons In Civil Defense: Newly Revamped System Involves Alerts, Gear and Safe Areas (Post, March 16, 2003)

In Uncertain Times, A Prepared Traveler Is a Wise Traveler (Post, March 16, 2003)

Detection Devices May Offer An Early Read on the Danger (Post, March 16, 2003)

Building Managers Plan for the Worst: Safeguards Include Better Filtration and Heightened Vigilance (Post, March 16, 2003)

Air Filters: Working All The Time: Benefits Go Beyond Relieving Allergies (Post, March 16, 2003)

Healing Thyself, a Tempting Option With Serious Side Effects: Opinions Differ on Whether People Should Stockpile Antibiotics at Home (Post, March 16, 2003)

Scratch One Worry: A Patient's Vaccination Story (Post, March 16, 2003)

Smallpox Vaccine Comes Full Circle: A Trusty Immunization Is Called Out Of Retirement to Face a New Threat (Post, March 16, 2003)

Head for the Hills? It Won't Be Easy (Post, March 16, 2003)

Staying Informed and Staying in Touch: TVs and Radios Will Provide Initial Details of Crisis, but Contacting Others May Require New Tools (Post, March 16, 2003)

When Home Is the Safest Place to Be (Post, March 16, 2003)

Considering a Gas Mask? Be Sure It's a Good Fit: Devices Offer Differing Levels of Protection (Post, March 16, 2003)

Predictions Aside, No One Is Sure Where Terrorists Will Strike (Post, March 16, 2003)

...or Not (Post, March 16, 2003)

Ready... (Post, March 16, 2003)

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