Congress is giving the green light to the National Guard's first 10 Civil Support Teams. All are staffed, trained, and equipped. They should be on call sometime this summer to help local authorities respond to possible terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction.
The 22-member teams were recruited in 1999 to help emergency medical personnel, police, and firefighters deal with intentional or accidental nuclear, biological, or chemical hazards. The teams are located in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's 10 regional headquarters states: California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.
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