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Officials say they are better prepared after Sept. 11

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Officials say tens of millions of dollars spent to make the area safer after Sept. 11 have worked.

About $70 million in federal Department of Homeland Security funds have been spent on equipment and training in the eight-county region since the terrorist attacks struck the East Coast.

The money has been used to prepare police, fire, paramedics, health officials and emergency preparedness officials in case of a chemical, biological or nuclear disaster. But in actuality, the efforts have gone to assist in national disasters such as the Joplin tornado or the collapse of a building in Clinton.

Local leaders say the money has been spent carefully in ways best intended to help the most people in the Kansas City area.

Erin Lynch, who handles emergency services and homeland security for the Mid-America Regional Council, says there are 20 enhanced teams across the area. She said the training helped emergency officials work better together during the H1N1 health scare.

"We live in an uncertain world," Lynch said. "We'd be irresponsible to not be concerned about anything, even terrorism."

To read a MARC report on this issue, click here.

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