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Missouri Security Officials Discuss Homeland Security

By Jefferson City, MO

AP/KWMU – Members of a Missouri security panel say an informed public is less likely to panic
if terrorists attack.

The Missouri Security Council held its first meeting yesterday. Members discussed ways to co-ordinate homeland security activities among state agencies and local governments.

Mental Health Director Dorn Schuffman says people who aren't informed tend to fear the worst, and overreact. The state's homeland security adviser, Tim Daniel, says having an educated public also would help government deal better with people in time of emergency.

The council is expected to build on earlier recommendations by the Missouri Security Panel, which was created after the September 11th attacks.