- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 20, 2001

ANNAPOLIS Maryland will provide health care coverage for state employees who are reservists or National Guard members if they are called to active duty as a result of last week's terrorist attacks, Gov. Parris N. Glendening said yesterday.
That means they and their families will not have to switch to military insurance, allowing them to continue with their regular doctors and with the full coverage provided by state government, Mr. Glendening said.
"I would ask the private sector to consider doing the same thing to minimize disruption to people called to active duty," the governor said.
President Bush has authorized putting as many as 50,000 reservists and Guard members on active duty. Maryland's 8,500 Army and Air Force Guard members are waiting to see if they will be called.
Mr. Glendening was joined at the briefing by Lt. Gen. James Fretterd, adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard, and State Police Superintendent David B. Mitchell, who are helping review the state's emergency response plans.
"The governor and lieutenant governor said, 'Think the unthinkable.' That's what our staffs are now working on," Gen. Fretterd said.
Agencies involved in dealing with emergencies are looking at compacts between federal, state and local agencies to see if they need to be improved.
Mr. Glendening also joined national leaders in condemning attacks and threats on American Muslims. "I am concerned that some of our population are being singled out for abuse," the governor said.
He appealed to Marylanders to refrain from blaming people for the terrorist attacks simply because of their religion or because they appear to be Arabic or Muslim.
"If we do that, they [the terrorists] would have succeeded in their intentions of dividing us further," Mr. Glendening said. "I ask us, in fact, to pull together."
The governor said his office is getting many calls from Marylanders who want to know what they can do to help out.
"I urge people to look very carefully at groups that are soliciting donations," Mr. Glendening said.
Citing instances of phony appeals for money for victims of the attack, he cautioned donors against giving out credit-card numbers or making cash donations unless they are certain that the organization seeking money is legitimate.
Mr. Glendening recommended five relief organizations: the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Survivors' Fund of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, the International Association of Fire Fighters in College Park and the World Trade Center Police Disaster Fund in Hicksville, N.Y. The groups are collecting funds to help the families of police and firefighters who died at the World Trade Center in New York.

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