- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 13, 2001

The staff at Washington Hospital Center reviewed their disaster plan again yesterday after an FBI warning Thursday that more terrorist attacks are likely soon.
The medical staff is supposed to watch for the flulike symptoms of anthrax as well as be prepared to treat victims of bombings.
"We're a hospital and we're in the nation's capital," said So Young Pak, spokeswoman for the hospital. "In a situation like this, we are on a heightened alert right now."
Elsewhere around Washington, other organizations have readied their disaster plans. For most of them, the warning which was repeated by President Bush Thursday night during a televised press conference merely reinforced the importance of precautions they already are taking.
"Our command centers are open and key personnel are at their desks so that we would be ready to respond immediately if anything should happen," said Tony Bullock, spokesman for D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams. "That's different from normal but it's not different from yesterday."
The city went to Operational Level One, its highest state of alert, shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks.
"It's pretty much a typical busy day for the mayor," Mr. Bullock said. Until another disaster occurs, there's little else the city can do to prepare.
The FBI issued a warning on its Web site that "certain information" led the agency to believe new attacks are likely "over the next few days." The FBI asked law enforcement agencies to be on "the highest alert."
Washington area airports, which already are some of the most closely guarded in the nation, are trying to remain vigilant.
"We've already been at a high level of awareness at our airports," said Tara Hamilton, spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. The authority manages Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
"We've been pretty focused on this issue for some time now," Miss Hamilton said.
Earlier this week, before the warnings by Mr. Bush and the FBI, Virginia state troopers began patrolling curbside areas in front of the airports to keep traffic moving and watch for car bombs.
Maryland Aviation Administration officials, who manage Baltimore-Washington International Airport, also said they are continuing precautions arranged after the Sept. 11 attack.
Last weekend, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority removed trash bins and recycling bins from rail stations.

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