Some media reported that the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait had advised Americans to leave the country, but the official spokesman for the embassy stated that the reports were false. At the same time, Kuwaitis are bracing themselves for the fallout from a war with Iraq, expecting to be attacked by Iraq if the U.S. attacks. Civil defense teams have been practicing putting out oil fires and intend to start drills for handling chemical or biological attacks. Meanwhile, gas masks will soon be made available for purchase by the general public.