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A sign of the times — and a clear-eyed, vi­able idea from Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity emer­gency preparedness and re­sponse ex­perts, who have led pas­tors, min­is­ters and other clergy in dis­as­ter readi­ness train­ing in three ci­ties, cap­ping off the out­reach in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal on Tues­day. They spe­cial­ize in school­ing folks of faith who also have a call­ing to be spir­i­tual boots-on-the-ground dur­ing a ter­ror­ist at­tack, mass shoot­ing, nat­u­ral dis­as­ter or other un­ex­pected calamity.

“In many com­mu­ni­ties, churches, syn­a­gogues, tem­ples and other houses of wor­ship are the very first places peo­ple turn to in a dis­as­ter for help and just the com­fort of some­one to tell them ev­ery­thing will be OK,” says Dr. Tom Kirsch, project leader and an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Emer­gency

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is con­fi­dent that his state can han­dle the chal­lenges posed by the first case of Ebola on U.S. soil.

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