Friday, February 28, 2003 at 1:52 PM
This Friday, the new Department of Homeland Security officially takes over the work of more than 170,000 government employees formerly associated with 22 different federal agencies. But elected officials in Ohio argue that it's local emergency response teams who will be the first to meet the demand for assistance in the event of another terrorist attack. They're asking for more money from the federal government to fund the additional responsibility for homeland security. In the meantime, local emergency response agencies are planning what to do if a terrorist attack occurs. ideastream's Karen Schaefer has this report on the state of homeland security right here at home.