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Do Mid-Michigan businesses have policies in place to stop intruders?

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

The gunfire in Orlando erupted in a place typically seen as a safe environment to unwind and have fun.

These so called soft targets - like movie theaters, churches, schools and now night clubs - have seen an increased push for tighter security after dozens of mass shootings in recent years.

TV5 wanted to know how businesses in Mid-Michigan prepare for the worst.

"It was the first club I ever went to," Philip Horen said.

Horen is talking about the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. It was the site of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Dozens were killed and several others were injured after a man opened fire there early Sunday morning.

Horen used to live in Orlando and spent time at the Pulse.

"It's very dark and it's very boxy. There was a lot of separate rooms and there was a patio, I do remember that. And there was an exit on the patio, but the exits aren't visible as you might imagine. So I could imagine it was a bottle-necking situation," Horen said.

A Mid-Michigan security expert said they are prepared for that type of attack.

"We know this violence isn't going to stop. We have to have a plan in place. We need to have policies. We need to train our employees how to respond to acts of violence," said Henry Reyna, owner of Secure Solution LLC. in Midland.

Reyna's company trains businesses to handle violent attacks. He said everyone should know how to run, hide and fight. Patrons need to know where the exits are, where safe places to hide are located, and what weapons are available to stop an assault.

Reyna said most people don't know what to do in that situation and will likely freeze up. He believes that's what happened at the Pulse.

"We have chairs, we have glasses, we have bottles. There's all kinds of things that you could've used as a weapon or a tool to stop this intruder from doing what he was doing," Reyna said.

In the end it's all about training, Reyna said.

As for Horen, he's co-owner of Rathskeller Food and Spirits in Bay City. He said there are procedures in place to help keep his customers safe.

"I think there would be a plan of action as to what to do," Horen said.

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