Terror Drills Now the Law

May 12, 2003
Posted at: 4:11 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas school children are drilling for terrorism in much the same way their grandparents did during the Cold War.

But instead of learning to duck and cover, today's children are learning about sheltering in place and preparing for mass evacuations.

Jennifer Gordon of the state Department of Emergency Management says the terrorism drills make children and their parents more comfortable.

Schools are required to develop terrorism preparedness plans under a law passed earlier this year. They must plan for attacks involving biological agents, nerve gas and other hazards.

State Senator Tracy Steele sponsored the bill. He compared terrorism drills to tornado and fire drills, saying he and others who backed the law want plans in place in case their is an attack.

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