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Safety concerns rise as 9/11 approaches

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Anniversaries are always cause to remember an event and in some way play it back. Many fear this year 9/11 may involve a playback of sorts. Safety concerns across the nation, and in fact the world, continue to rise as 11 September approaches. This year is the 13th anniversary of 9/11, when terrorists managed to hijack several planes. Two of them crashed into the World Trade Center. One crashed into the Pentagon. The fourth plane was brought down over a field in Pennsylvania. It is also the second anniversary of an attack on a US diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

Yesterday, President Barak Obama released a “Continuation of the National Emergency Notice.” This notice states, “I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency previously declared on September 14, 2001, in Proclamation 7463, with respect to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on the United States.” It has been renewed, or continued, each year since those fateful attacks.

Eleven commercial jets are missing from an airport in Libya, reports USA Today. Since 9/11, air defense in America has increased. Other countries, closer to Libya, do not have advanced air defense.

ISIS, known also as simply Islamic State, has publicly vowed to wreak havoc and bring terror to American interests globally. The group is competing with Al Qaeda in gaining more members in Iraq and Syria.

A “coalition” is being formed among world leaders to combat against these terrorists, confirmed Secretary of State John Kerry.

The Islamic threat is not just in Iraq and Syria. NPR reported this morning that hundreds of Chechens have joined ISIS. Judicial Watch has released a statement reiterating that US intelligence has “picked up radio talk” concerning potential terrorist attacks. The statement, which discusses ISIS and Al Qaeda, refers to vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED) from the Islamic terrorists groups in Juarez, Mexico.

Last month American photojournalist James Foley was executed by ISIS. A second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, was reported to have been executed earlier this week. While all factions seem to agree something needs to be done about ISIS, President Barak Obama sadly announced to the world recently that US intelligence is clueless as to how to do this and has no plan of action.

Meanwhile, 9/11 draws near. What should you be doing right now? You should be preparing.

  • Be observant – most terrorist attacks are not whimsical. They are planned and rehearsed. Be aware of your surroundings and take notice of things that are out of the ordinary.
  • Stock up – Make sure you have enough water and non-perishables.
  • Keep a cash reserve – If the grid goes down, credit and debit cards will no longer work.

Most importantly, make a plan. Things will be smoother for you if you have a plan. Flying by the seat of your pants is not a plan. Knowing what could happen and what you should do if something happens is a plan. Knowing how to meet up with your family is part of a plan.

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