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Department of Homeland Security Launches Website
The Web site and other literature detail how people should respond before and after various types of terrorist strikes, with sections on such topics as "Make an Emergency Kit," "Creating a Family Plan," "Deciding to Stay or Go," "In a Moving Vehicle" and "In a High-Rise Building."
The Web site and other literature detail how people should respond before and after various types of terrorist strikes, with sections on such topics as "Make an Emergency Kit," "Creating a Family Plan," "Deciding to Stay or Go," "In a Moving Vehicle" and "In a High-Rise Building."
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The Homeland Security Department unveiled a major new advertising campaign yesterday that uses the web, TV, radio, newspapers and billboards to urge Americans to prepare for possible terrorist attacks and educate themselves about the differences between chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

"Terrorists seek to turn our neighborhoods into battlefields," Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said in a speech yesterday in Cincinnati announcing the ads. "That is why individual citizens have an important role to play."

From the site... is a common sense framework designed to launch a process of learning about citizen preparedness. One of the primary mandates of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is to educate the public, on a continuing basis, about how to be prepared in case of a national emergency – including a possible terrorist attack.

Take some time to stay informed about how to react to even unlikely scenarios. You should be prepared to adapt this information to your personal circumstances and make every effort to follow instructions received from authorities on the scene. For the most current information and recommendations, check back frequently or call 1-800-BE-READY for a free brochure.

Ridge's agency organized the campaign with the Advertising Council, which coordinates $1.5 billion a year in public service announcements, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which does research on civil preparedness. Advertising industry officials said television and radio stations, as well as newspapers, billboard companies and other businesses likely will make available at least $80 million in free advertising for the campaign

The goal is to allow members of the public to take in the information at their own pace and to absorb the message that an attack is possible, but without panicking them, officials said. Ultimately, officials want Americans to outline family plans for emergencies and to feel comfortable turning to the U.S. government for advice.

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 For journalists working on the Space Shuttle disaster, we have put
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 There are at least 13 stories in our Resource Center about the Space
that might be of assistance. You can see the complete list of resources on
our "In the News" page. We will update this page as the story develops.

 We also are reviewing relevant data in our data library. Keep in mind
 that the Space Shuttle is refurbished by contractors from around the
country. IRE
 Members may find the Federal Contractors database at  From this data, the staff has
assembled a special database on Shuttle contractors, which can be ordered
from the library at (573) 884-7711.

And if I may add a site I found helpful.
It has a pretty accurate listing of Columbia's previous flights.

I was having a hard time finding info on NASA's website and found the following elsewhere:

   (includes stats on fatalities)

            has radar image of debris field and links to data on mission

Trying to find your way around the NASA site due to the tragedy is a challenge.

            Here are a few direct links that could save you some time.

            STS 107 Press Kit (I've been able to reach the site)
            157 Pages .pdf

            Kennedy Space Center, Media Handbook

            STS-107 Overview, Bios

            STS-107 Media Archive (Photos)

            Shuttle Photo Archive

            STS-107 Mission Page (From Eurpean Space Agency)

            STS-107 (Research Mission)

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Given the blanket of media covering the Columbia shuttle disaster, the best thing we can do is
                            point you to some primary sources. NASA's Columbia Web site has links to practically all the
                            information the agency is releasing. That info and NASA's daily teleconferences (available
                            online via NASA TV) are basically the fodder that the media is digesting and passing on to the
                            public. While you can find many places from which to follow the press coverage, we
                            recommend the archive for completeness and clear organization. The general tone
                            of worldwide editorial opinion is probably best reflected in the collection of editorial cartoons
                            about the tragedy at Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonist Index. A fantastic independent
                            resource is a FAQ, continually updated, set up by the folks who inhabit the
                            and Usenet newsgroups. For a first-rate technical background on the shuttle,
                            see the "Development of the Space Shuttle" books in our book recommendations, below.
                            NASA Columbia:
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 Lost: Space Shuttle Columbia
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      space shuttle Columbia's flight STS-107 and its seven crew
      members on February 1, 2003. The coverage includes
      information on the shuttle's past launches and milestones,
      the final contact and communication moments with mission
      control, and the resulting investigation that followed.
      Related crew information, photo galleries, and audio and
      video clips augment the news coverage.
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  Pictures, Israel, Events: Space Flight
      A directory of links related to Colonel Ilan Ramon, an Israeli
      astronaut, who died when the Columbia Space Shuttle
      crashed on February 1, 2003. Includes links to official
      biographies, news articles, speculation about when
      Sabbath starts in space, and an essay about Col. Ramon's
      mother, a Holocaust survivor.
      Subjects: Ramon, Ilan...
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  Shuttles Are the Work Horses from Outer Space
      This collection of information and links captures the
      essence of a space shuttle's work responsibilities, stories
      and histories, and past, current, and future ventures, plus
      the background and components of the U.S. shuttles
      Atlantis, Columbia, Discovery, Endeavour, and Challenger.
      Additionally, it includes a video of the space shuttle
      Challenger explosion in 1986 and more. From Space Today
      Subjects: Space shuttles
      Created by jh

  Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster Coverage:
  Resources, Story Ideas and More
      The site is designed for news reporters and editors, and
      contains up-to-the-minute coverage of the space shuttle
      Columbia disaster on February 1, 2003. Includes links to
      various news agencies' coverage, local authorities,
      information on the crew members, graphics, radar images,
      historical information, and a list of science experiments
      conducted during the flight, as well as the Rogers
      Commission report on the Challenger explosion in 1986.
      This site is an invaluable resource for journalists and
      laypeople alike.
      Subjects: Space shuttles...
      Created by sek

  Spaceflight Now
      This space news site reports on breaking news (e.g. the
      Columbia flight STS-107 tragedy), current and future shuttle
      missions, and launch schedules, plus related space
      activities, archived news, and current video clips. Don't
      miss the spectacular photo gallery at Features which looks
      back on 100 dramatic shuttle launches.
      Subjects: Space shuttles...
      Created by jh