St. Louis Public Radio News
12:06 pm
Tue March 18, 2003

Under Orange Alert, Security Officials Review Plans

Jefferson City, MO – The state of Missouri is responding to the national orange terror alert by reviewing its plans for protecting its critical infrastructure.

Homeland Security Chief Tim Daniel says the Missouri Security Council is coordinating with law enforcement agencies to closely watch nuclear power plants, airports, and other key facilities.

State and local governments are not receiving any federal funding in support of the orange alert and Daniel says that's troublesome.

He says the first time the nation went to Orange, the city of St. Louis spent approximately a half a million dollars and was unreimbursed.

Daniel says the state has made great progress in enhancing public health readiness, but that some emergency responders still lack updated protective gear.