In the days and months following Sept. 11, 2001, the effects of the attacks were felt in nearly every courthouse and public building in West Virginia. Evacuations and threats were reported for days following.
In Charleston, bomb threats and anthrax scares emptied buildings. Police cruisers formed a barrier around city hall while armed officers kept watch.
The threats turned out to be hoaxes and the cars have since returned to normal parking spots.
But the lasting effects from Sept. 11 are still evident.
Yeager Airport's new security measures match the largest airports in the nation.
The attacks resulted in a push from elected and public officials seeking a way to make West Virginians feel safe.
Metal detectors went up and ID cards came out.
Lanyards were all the rage.
In Dunbar, Buchanan Sound and Electronics saw an increase in business immediately after Sept. 11.
"Early on, it really picked up. Everyone wanted to get moving on things," said Michael Bryant, vice president and assistant manager of the communications and security outfit.
"A lot of people had things on the back burner before Sept. 11 and this moved it up on their list," he said.
Though officials in the Kanawha County Courthouse began pushing a security plan of their own shortly after Sept. 11, nothing has been decided on the buildingwide plan.
"I feel like we are a whole lot better prepared," said Bill White, Kanawha County Emergency Services director.
White, who is charged with disaster response rather than prevention, said there have been no real changes to the county's plans, but the awareness has increased.
It's not that the county can guarantee safety, but officials are trying to ensure a safe feeling, White said.
"I don't know that they are any safer, but they feel safer," White said of county residents. "The feeling of security is a big aspect of it. I don't think you can ever be completely secure."