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'Preparation lacking' for terrorist attack
Fire Brigade practise emergency decontamination measures
The government says there are no plans to produce a leaflet
Emergency planners in the Thames Valley say they are seriously concerned that they have had little advice from the government about how to deal with security threats.

Since the September 11 attacks, the Government has only released two documents to local authorities relating to terrorist attacks.

They also point out that the funding for emergency planning has been severely cut back since the cold war, even though the threat may now have increased.

Reading's emergency planner, Arthur Rabjohn, said though he was keen to point out there was no specific threat to the area, he wanted to work with the most up to date information available.

Our staff was about 13 in Oxfordshire alone, it's now down to four and a half, and that does create serious problems
Emergency Planning Officer, John Kelly
John Kelly, Emergency Planning Officer for Oxfordshire has voiced similar concerns.

He said the emergency planning department is prepared for incidents like plane crashes, but has had no guidance on potential terrorist threats.

"We need to know what possible threats there are and how local authorities can prepare for them.

"We're unhappy that we've had not too much direction from central government.

"In the Cold War we had twice the amount of money we have now, and the threat was probably at least half, with this mutual destruction on both sides.

"Our staff was about 13 in Oxfordshire alone, it's now down to four and a half, and that does create serious problems."

The county council's website has links to American and Australian websites offering advice on what to do in the event of an emergency.

The Government has said there are no plans to produce an advice leaflet.




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