Originally created 10/07/01

Augusta officials urge calm



Augusta-area authorities are urging people to go about business as usual in the wake of today's U.S. attack on Afghanistan.

The message: Be cautious, be patient and remain calm.

"There is no known threat against this area," said David A. Dlugolenski, director Richmond County Emergency Management Agency.

The office has coordinated information with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Fort Gordon, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

"What we're doing right now is telling people to heighten awareness of their surroundings," he said. "If they see anything suspicious call the sheriff's office."

Mr. Dlugolenski said residents should remember America is at war with terrorism.

"They need to be patient, because we're going to be in this for the long run," he said. "This campaign is going to go on and on.

"If we go in and get Osama Bin Laden, we still have other terrorists."

Although America is at war, Mr. Dlugolenski said, residents should remain calm.

"We shouldn't be panicking and creating mass hysteria," he said.