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Is your city prepared for a terror attack?

May 11th, 2010
02:12 PM ET

In light of the attempted terror attack in the heart of New York City, major cities around the world are beginning to re-evaluate their preparedness for a similar attack.

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Faisal Shahzad was arrested while trying to fly out of New York last Monday night, two days after federal authorities say he left a vehicle filled with explosive materials in Manhattan's Times Square.

The makeshift bomb failed to detonate, preventing what could have been a deadly attack on one of the city's busiest areas.

In the wake of the failed terror attack, cities around the world and ramping up their readiness for a potential terror attack.

In Paris, emergency officials simulated three coordinated bomb attacks on the French capital with ambulance, fire and police services taking part.

The "blasts" went off at the Stade de France National stadium, next to the Seine in the heart of Paris and at a shopping mall.

A spokesperson said the exercise was to prepare the city in the event of an attack and check that authorities were "synched."

In the United States, the federal government has trained more than 330,000 emergency service personnel to be deployed across the country.

We want to know what you think.

If you live in a major metropolitan area, do you think officials in your city are doing everything they can to prepare for a potential attack? Are too many resources being spent on terror exercises and drills? Is this only a big city problem?

Please leave your comment below and be sure to tell us where you're writing from.

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Anderson Clayton

    As an American patriot I am ready, BRING IT ON!

    May 11, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  2. Gaurav

    Why don't we just nuke Pakistan and Taliban Held Areas of Afghanistan and get rid of the cancer once and for all. I'm sure, we'll be the bad guys of the moment, but in the long run, the world will thank us for it.

    May 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  3. Jeremy

    Gaurav – Because America needs oil and doesn't need millions of dead Americans. Making the worlds largest religion your enemy by committing genocide isn't a wise idea, Muslims aren't going to sit there and think "well that'll teach us" they will be at war with America and lots of innocent people will be killed. Why would anyone thank America for such an evil deed?

    May 11, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  4. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello CNN friends,

    My cities, included my hometown Paramaribo,
    are prepared for a terror attack,
    because they all are members of
    the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA) and
    the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)!

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    May 11, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  5. Hunter

    I believe we are prepared. Our defensive measures include video surveillance cameras in almost all our convenience stores, we installed metal detectors in our high schools, and we paid the ransom for our homes in order to stop any further threats. Offensively, we have certainly proven that we are able to wage terror on a scale and longer than any other subversive, armed group. Thank goodness my kids need not know terror.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  6. Xypher

    Brunei Darussalam?


    May 11, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  7. Warren

    Does no one understand that all this terror attack media generate fear mongering is just one more 'they sky is falling' bit of time wasting crap? There have been wars and killing since we fell from the trees and there will be more of the same until the earth is finally rid of this infestation of chimps with tools called 'man'.

    The invention of the concept of money and its acquiring is 50% of the cause of all war and the other 50% is religion. If we ever move beyond these two true 'terrors' we stand a small semblance of a chance of surviving for a while.

    In the meantime, just enjoy life, love those that are dear to you and realize that buried within every 'hello' is a 'goodbye'.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  8. Herve Amptil

    We, Americans are ready but this Hussein Obama is turning a blind eye. Hussein Obama ordered the removal of any mention identifying perpetrators of terrorist acts. Since about every terrorist attack is done by Muslims then what is Obama saying? I remember, terrorists do not represent this great religion of peace so the Government cannot the Fort Hood shooter 'a radical Muslim" but can call him a "terrorist". I wonder if a patriot will put a bomb in a Mosque, he will be piloried by the Hussein Obama Administration as a "racist anti-Muslim Christian".
    So are we ready for homegrown terrorism, as Americans we are but the traitors in the White House are the enemy within.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  9. Jimmy

    It's funny how America is so concerned about getting nuked. yet they have 5,113 Nuclear warheads themselves and then they have the odasity to tell 3rd world Povertized countries that they can't have anything.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  10. Ruth

    I think we have 300,000 trained emergency responders that show up for exercises, of which half will not show up during a real emergency. Do we really think if there is a bioterrorist threat with hundreds of people spreading it rushing to hospitals that the doctors and nurses will actually rush there to help them and expose themselves and their families to the threat? Or a chemical bombing where only a small percentage of our cities fire departments can actually afford or have the right equipment to go in and help? In those locations the people would have to wait for other fire departments to offer to help that actually have the right equipment. I think our best indicator of readiness is to look at how we respond to a natural disaster like say a hurricane like Katrina – three days just to get water to victims? Yikes. Each of us needs to be prepared to be the emergency responder ourselves. Or better yet profile the heck out of people coming into the country and stop it before it starts.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  11. Fred54

    This whole notion that somehow US cities can be threatened
    by 3rd world "extremists" has always been laughable. I've never been
    able to understand why anyone actually believes it. There is a reason
    that so called "1st world" countries are at the top of the heap. It's
    because they are the most savage predators on the planet. Doesn't
    it seem just the least bit odd that the US somehow needs thousands
    of nuclear weapons and bases all over the world to "protect" itself
    from who?? while no one else really does? Doesn't it seem odd that
    while we claimed removing Saddam Hussain was somehow noble,
    we had to spend the next 4 or 5 years systematically destroying the
    entire country and murdering 4 to 5 million people. Sure every country
    on earth, particularly the third world countries with natural resources
    that we covet hates us, but that's because we deny them at the
    barrel of a gun what we demand for ourselves, sovereignty. We
    aren't the victims of terror, we are it's perpetrators. We use war as
    an economic engine to create massive amounts of debt to the
    private banks and then we use puppet governments (US democracy,
    the export model) to socialize that debt. We then use either labour
    pools (like in Haiti) or natural resources (like Iraq's oil) to collateralize
    the debt. We are then told that these nations we have raped and
    pillaged economically hate us because we are free. Naturally,
    anyone who objects to "democracy" is labeled a "raghead', a "gook",
    an insurgent or worse,so American defenders of freedom can
    exterminate the ingrates with predator drones. We are told with a
    straight face that we need a police state to "protect us", from who??.
    Well, part of that is correct. The ruling class of this country are going
    to need a police state to protect themselves from the American
    people when the whole corrupt mess comes crashing down around
    their ears.This twisted, capricious and perverse theater becomes
    more depraved and unholy with each passing day. So "No" I'm not
    prepared or the least bit concerned about a foreign terrorist strike.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  12. Seriously

    First off Americans need to realize that no one sits at their homes thinking' Oh my God i hate their way of life i'm going to attack them" That is bull crap and media fed bologna. 2ndly you have to wonder why people are attacking you? Do you think that maybe America has made lives difficult for other countries by jumping in to other ppls issues, putting up sanctions siding with Israel and trying to play referee in the whole war, but when Israel says no I wont do this they say uh ok. Muslims have a sense of unity as dysfuntional as they might be living in their own countries, their faith unites them and no matter how much animosity they might harbor for each other when an outsider attacks they show and have concern for each other. Its just how they are so now you know why they feel attacked by the west. America should have never gotten involved in the first place, b'c i can tell you before this whole crap, American was loved by alot of these Muslim nations.

    May 11, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  13. umair

    My dear friends,
    We should think in a wise way. THe solution is not just bombing pakistan. India too has its own home ground terrorism that does not differential between muslims, christians, sikhs or even HINDUS.
    The problem lies with the thinking of being powerful. Every nation at the time of its peak has expanded and transported its beliefs and sentiments to other countries. We need to realise how this will affect us now becuase we wont be alive to see what happens tomorrow. We have to act now and today. Muslims, christians, jews, hindus, buddhist all wants to live in peace and harmony. Let us open the oil resources of muslim countries to the world and all other countries should also open there resources to the world. let us share this world with love and peace.
    Only by this we can avoid terrorism.
    I am a pakistani and i know that out of 100 terrorist in pakistan 99 are created becuase of the corruption and economic crisis. if we help eliminat corruption from PAKISTAN than we can save the world and pakistan from 99 terrorist and the remaining one will just roam around like an idiot.


    May 11, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  14. 2ndAmendment

    Americans are well-armed thanks to the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution (in the Bill of Rights). Like the Swiss, ordinary citizens can and do own weapons. We have plenty of ammunition also. Many of us have stored food and water to last weeks if not months.

    So we are prepared for many eventualities.
    However, the one I anticipate, electric-grid outage (for one reason or another) will be hard for most Americans to cope with. We have weapons, but not local energy reserves (except in some communities).

    May 11, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  15. Michel

    a divided kingdom is destined to ruins. United States ruins itself by continuing the war on terror. Believing this ilusion keeps this country going.

    Michel Franklin

    May 11, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  16. Brad

    Anderson Clayton: Wow. Forget what happened the last time we said that? Our combat casualties doubled. I think we've learned, well some of us, that that is the wrong approach.

    May 11, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  17. Justin

    Jimmy. . . .audasity is spelled this way, not odasity. Please don't leave any comments if you're not capable of using the correct spelling.

    May 11, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  18. Toni

    Gaurav says:

    "Why don't we just nuke Pakistan and Taliban Held Areas of Afghanistan and get rid of the cancer once and for all. I'm sure, we'll be the bad guys of the moment, but in the long run, the world will thank us for it."

    I am sure that you mentality is more dangerous than Hitler and Bush , you are superb racist person on this earth . I think u belongs to CNN and CNN belongs to you . It is freedom for you to write comments for destroying a nation Pakistan ? most radical behavior of CNN to put you on the top list of comments. It is not freedom but a dead face of evil which can be use to afraid people.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:09 am | Reply
  19. Chip Mc'awesome

    I'm ready, I've spent the last 8 years stocking up on as many guns and as much ammo as I can fit in my mammas trailor. When Saddam comes knocking then lets start the rocking. GOD BLESS AUSFAILIA.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:49 am | Reply
  20. Sam

    In my city, they probably wouldn't notice a terrorist attack...we already have plenty of crime by the locals.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:15 am | Reply
  21. James

    Why do terrorists seem to only focus there planned attacks on New York City? Something rather odd about that...

    May 12, 2010 at 1:29 am | Reply
  22. Sensible Aussie

    You could have all the safeguards you’ve ever wanted, but it is not hard for a petrol tanker to be hijacked or stolen and simply crashed in to a critical piece of infrastructure. Cities and governments may have more reactive plans than proactive and even then, the reactive plans are pretty flaky.

    Or even a volcanic ash cloud to disrupt world travel... force majeure. If someone really wants to do something, they will.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:55 am | Reply
  23. Keira

    As a New Yorker, I'd like to think that our city is prepared for anything short of armaggedon. We've been through this before & while I DO think we are a safe city, I don't think there's a major city anywhere that's 100% prepared for a suprise attack. Terrorists are determined to blow up ANY western metropolis & they won't give up trying. We won't shy away from living either.


    May 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  24. Wojciech Wybranski

    Fortunately, despite that Poland is present in Afghanistan and was present in Iraq there were no suicide or otherwise bomb attempts on lives here. It may be cynical to state but it may be because no muslims are coming here to stay as there other richer countries like Germany that are favourite places for immigration. I live in Lodz.



    May 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  25. Smith in Oregon

    The H1N1 flu virus, germ warfare or a lab accident?

    Several months ago I had suggested and commented on the possibility the H1N1 flu virus came out of a science laboratory with questionable purposes. My suggestions and comments were entirely deleted in the CNN Anderson Cooper and Dr. Gupta's blogging networks.

    Today, Dr. Shanta Zimmer and Dr. Donald Burke of the University of Pittsburg released their careful study of the Genetic Origin of the H1N1 virus and found it was NEARLY IDENTICAL to frozen laboratory samples of a 1950 influenza A virus but different from both 1947 and 1957 frozen influenza A strain samples. Their finds were also published in the highly regarded New England Journal of Medicine.

    Their Genetic Origin finding strongly suggests the 1977 Swine Flu Virus HAD BEEN PREVIOUSLY PRESERVED IN A SCIENCE LAB DEEP-FREEZE since being collected in 1950.

    And as population immunity waned and disappeared, suddenly this frozen 1950 H1N1 influenza A virus was released.

    That was precisely what I had suspected and had previously attempted to comment on, go figure!

    In guarded comments, Dr's Shanta Zimmer and Donald Burke state 'this was probably an accidental release from a science laboratory source'.

    However in the Mexico City H1N1 outbreak, it is a safe bet that ABSOLUTELY NO SCIENCE LAB anywhere in MEXICO had any frozen samples of the 1950 H1N1 influenza A virus. The high mortality rate of teenagers in Mexico City brought a great deal of political pressure onto President Obama by the Republican Party members to immediately CLOSE THE MEXICO-AMERICAN BORDER. President Obama stood strong against that political pressure and refused to immediately close the entire Mexico-American border.

    The H1N1 virus outbreak in Mexico City which killed a large number of relatively young and healthy Hispanic people appears to not be an accident and the sudden aggressive outbreak appears to have a known Republican political objective of having the US Federal Troops secure the Mexico-American border.

    May 16, 2010 at 10:41 am | Reply

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