On February 7th government officials raised the national threat alert to orange, which raised a lot of fear in the hearts of many Americans. While some are flocking to grocery stores to buy masking tape, flashlights, and other items that may help them in the midst of terrorist attacks, others are buying military supplies. Ed Levison owner of the Army Navy store in Zanesville says since the level was raised he has received a tremendous amount of business. Many residents are purchasing meals ready to eat and duffel bags, while others are requesting gas masks. Levison says they don’t sell the masks and don’t intend to because they aren’t necessary in our area and they are very pricey, ranging from three to four hundred dollars. Next week, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge will be launching the department’s “Ready Campaign.” Its purpose is to inform and educate Americans about protecting themselves against terrorism.