Lawmaker Issues ‘How-to’ Guide to Cope With Terrorism

With Americans increasingly concerned about the threat of a new terrorist attack, one lawmaker has produced a self-help guide that gives them step-by-step advice to prepare in advance and cope with the aftermath.

The 24-page booklet, available at PrepareNow.com, is meant to complement other such guides put out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Red Cross and some state governments, said Rep. Robert Pittenger.

“I wanted to produce something that got the attention of people,” said the North Carolina Republican, chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare.”We have to understand reality — that we need to be prepared.”

The risk of terrorism remains relatively low compared to other dangers, such as auto accidents, though polls show Americans increasingly perceive it to be higher than it actually is. An ABC News-Washington Post poll in January found that 76 percent of respondents were either very worried or somewhat worried about the possibility of a major terrorist attack in the United States — an increase of 5 percentage points from October.