St. Louis Public Radio News
11:09 am
Wed May 21, 2003

Missouri Responding to Higher Alert Level

St. Louis, Mo. – With the nation going to an orange terror alert level, Missouri's Homeland Security Director says the state is ready to respond to attacks or disasters.

Tim Daniel and Governor Bob Holden told reporters Wednesday that there are no specific threats to Missouri nor evidence of the presence of terrorists. But Holden says emergency personnel now have more money to pay for preparedness.

"First of all we don't know how long it will last," Holden said. "Hopefully there won't be that much stress because there are indications that there will be federal funds for any ramping up that we need to do in response to this activity. That has been a problem in the past but hopefully it will not be this time or in the future."

This is the fourth time the US has been at code orange, which signifies a "high" risk of attacks. That's up from yellow,
meaning an "elevated" risk.