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COUNCILS SHOULD MAKE CONTINGENCY PLANS FOR TERRORIST ATTACKS BY RECRUITING TEAMS OF TRAINED EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS

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Local authorities should have teams of trained emergency volunteers to help in the event of a terrorist attack, BBC...
Local authorities should have teams of trained emergency volunteers to help in the event of a terrorist attack, BBC Radio Four's Today programme heard this morning.

Eric Alley, a former chief emergency planning officer and adviser to the government on civil defence, said members of the public were keen to help in emergencies but needed to be trained.

'The government are not making any real efforts to plan exactly for what may happen to us in the event of a terrorist attack,' he told Today. 'They're not preparing for the type of attack that happened on September 11th 2001.

'It must be admitted that we cannot actually prevent a terrorist attack ... the terrorist will always get through one way or another,' he said. 'We've got to look at the problems of dealing with what happens after they've made the attack.'

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