911 Anniversary Draws Near

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911 Thunder Bay Police OfficersTHUNDER BAY – The Tenth Anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon are bringing forward memorials, and concerns that terrorists may attack on the anniversary.

American Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano states, “As we approach the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the safety and security of the American public remains our highest priority. While threats remain, our nation is stronger than it was on 9/11, more prepared to confront evolving threats, and more resilient than ever before”.

“While there is no specific or credible intelligence that al-Qa’ida or its affiliates are plotting attacks in the United States to coincide with the ten year anniversary of 9/11, we remain at a heightened state of vigilance and security measures are in place to detect and prevent plots against the United States should they emerge,” continues Napolitano. “Homeland security is a shared responsibility, and everyone plays an important role in helping to keep our communities safe and secure. We remind our federal, state, local partners, and the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement authorities”.

Approaching the 911 Anniversary, representatives of police, fire and other first responders will be gathering in New York to remember. That includes three officers from the Thunder Bay Police Service.

Thunder Bay Police Service representatives, Detective Constable Heidi Moore, Constable Roxanne Samec and Detective Constable Diane MacLaurin are headed to New York. They will gather with thousands of fellow police and emergency responders to honour the fallen in the 10th anniversary of 9/11. These officers have made this journey a personal effort by doing so at their own expense. They will be presenting special plaques in New York to commemorate this important anniversary.

September, in the United States, is Emergency Preparedness Month. You can visit FEMA.gov for more information or to learn how you can be safer.

As New York City prepares for the 911 Anniversary, the city is also looking at how it has fared over the past month with both an earthquake and a hurricane. “It’s not every week New York City sees an earthquake and a hurricane, but our recent experiences with both serve as great reminders of why it is so important to prepare for emergencies,” said Commissioner Bruno. “We are here today with some of our Partners in Preparedness, who have already committed to preparing their employees for all types of emergencies. Additionally, our Citizen Corps Council partners are at locations across the five boroughs today to teach New Yorkers about how to make a plan, get a kit, and be informed.”

“This year we recognize that September marks the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “If anything, the earthquake and hurricane that struck the east coast this past week are important reminders that disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. By doing what we can to ensure that our communities, and our nation, are prepared to respond and recover from all types of disasters and hazards, we honor the memory of those who were lost 10 years ago and during more recent disasters. Visit Ready.gov today to take simple steps to prepare you and your family for emergencies.”

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