Sachs and Benjamin Civiletti, later U.S. attorney general under Jimmy Carter, headed to Hampstead to make arrangements with the high school principal for food, cots, mattresses, water and generators, but their reception, after flashing their credentials, wasn't what they expected. The principal "appeared to regard Ben and me as overstimulated. He put us off. He was not about to volunteer his high school for a role, even if peripheral, in a potential nuclear showdown. He strongly suggested that we have a chat with the local fire department." The reception by members of the Westminster Fire Department was very similar. "They didn't grasp (or didn't choose to grasp) that some folks in Washington felt that it might be in the national interest to evacuate a newly minted eight-state attorney general and his staff to their rural bailiwick."