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Official: travel alert will not affect Capital region

ALBANY -- There is no threat to US soil or Americans living in the country, the Director of the National Center for Security and Preparedness at the UAlbany Rockefeller Institute wanted to remind people Friday.

Rick Mathews says despite the world wide travel alert Americans should feel safe at home.

"We always say if you see something say something to somebody (but) I wouldn't be worried," Mathews said.

However, Mathews said the travel alert should be taken seriously especially to those heading to the Middle East.  There are travel alerts everyday, in many countries, that should cause Americans to be vigilant, Mathews said.

"There should be some caution. People should start taking a look before they travel overseas," Mathews says.

Despite the alert Jean Gagnon, Manager of Plaza Travel Center in Latham, says she suggests her clients continue with plans to places where alerts exist. However, Gagnon travelers should not advertise they are from the US.

"A lot of places have demonstrations and a lot of times what you see on TV or in a report is a concentrated picture of that," Gagnon said.


 
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