SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There are many issues, both national and international, that have been brought to the public recently and threaten our security. People in Western Massachusetts and throughout New England and concerned with how it affects us here at home.
Worldwide issues are only getting larger, from overseas to here at home. The State Department issued a warning on Friday saying that all Americans are at risk of being held ransom by ISIS, since the group is looking for ways to finance their operations. Some are worried ISIS could attack on American soil.
Scott Hinzman, who lives in New York, told 22News, “It does concern me. I live in New York City and it is a target spot, and the subways are potential targets and we’re in them all the time. We were in that city when it was attacked, and the chances of it being attacked again are probably pretty high.”
New York is also working to contain the Ebola virus that was brought here weeks ago, and has killed more than 4,000 people in west Africa. Beginning Saturday, teams at JFK international airport are screening passengers who come from Ebola-stricken countries. They are using thermal guns and questionnaires to see who could potentially be sick.
“If God forbid, someone should get Ebola and get on a New York subway, where they’re jammed in like sardines and go in that subway for a couple of hours, there’s no stopping it,” says Bob Williams of Springfield.
But there are problems here at home as well, such as KMart’s recent data breach. One parent told 22News that his biggest concern with all of these problems going on is his child’s safety.
Allen Labor from Brattleboro, Vermont, told 22News how his son wanting to be a part of social media, but he’s still worried about his safety. “He wants to create a Facebook account, and so even with stuff like that, I don’t want all of his information out there. So yeah, it’s a scary thing.”
His 12 year-old son Issak says he doesn’t put his locations online as a way to stay safe. Allen says his biggest concern as a parent is his child’s safety, no matter what other problems exist worldwide.