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The United States can be attacked at any time. As a student of emergency management and homeland security, I have noticed a lack of training provided by Lake County homeland security/EMA. The same information about CERT Training has been on their website for years: coming soon!

The after-hours number to call for emergencies lists 219-755-3333, the old number to the sheriff's department radio room. The first-ever large-scale EMA exercise was held this year, but a public report cannot be found. Fire departments handle emergencies that deal with chemicals of all types all the time, but law enforcement lacks the training for natural and terrorist attacks.

How many officers have gas masks, protective gear, first aid kits or training in this type of warfare? How many ambulance companies have this gear? Do I feel safe not knowing how well-trained our first responders are? I pray every night.

Thomas Ostrowski, Crown Point

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Marc is a veteran investigative reporter and editor of more than 15 years, including 10 years at The Times, where he is the investigative editor. He is also the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project.