Here in New York, the police and the public are on the front lines of the fight against terrorism.
People taking public transportation hear periodic announcements encouraging them to say something if they see something suspicious. Police form a constant presence outside potential terrorism targets like the Stock Exchange. And police checkpoints can be found strategically placed throughout the city.
The midtown and downtown sections of Manhattan are blanketed with security cameras so that police can be on the lookout for suspicious activities. Radiation detectors are also in use, both at vulnerable points, such as tunnels, and in vehicles on the ground and in helicopters on patrol over the city.
But in Kentucky, the first tool in its defensive efforts is God.
A 2006 law requires state Homeland Security officials to acknowledge that "Almighty God" is "vital to the security of the commonwealth."
When they issue their reports, the officials must credit God's "benevolent protection." The law even required the placement of a plague honoring God at the state's emergency operating center.
New Yorkers may feel more secure with the efforts of the police. But for those of faith, perhaps a little additional help from above may afford a greater degree of comfort in these troubling times.