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How to prepare for a possible terrorist attack

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FRANKENMUTH, MI (WNEM) -

With terror attacks popping up all over the country in recent years, how do you keep yourself and your family safe?

Henry Reyna, a crime prevention specialist with Frankenmuth Police Department, said he refuses to live in fear of a possible terror attack.

“Gone are the days we just train for run and hide. Now we have to train how to fight back,” Reyna said.

In light of the recent threats and terror attacks in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota, Reyna and others are endorsing civilians using self-defense tactics.

"There are very few people that are teaching businesses and organizations how to fight back and there isn't anyone that cannot learn these new techniques,” Reyna said.

Tom Mynsberge of Critical Incident Management teaches such techniques. He approves of the theory of fighting back, even if it means open carry.

“I'll be totally honest with you, I believe there are certain circumstances where you should be able to arm yourself and move about and protect your family but I'm not for them to be in schools,” Mynsberge said.

Officials are also taking extra precautions in Frankenmuth. They’ve spoken with vendors and businesses about surveillance cameras.

Officials said they want an eye on you, but they also want to make sure they have an eye on a possible terrorist if it comes to that point.

“We are reaching out currently to our businesses to incorporate as they bring more cameras on their property to associate one of those cameras to our public view,” Reyna said.

That means more eyes to help fight the dangers of terrorism while keeping safety a high priority.

The American Red Cross is offering a list of suggestions on how you can keep your loved ones safe if a terrorism event happens near you.

They include remaining calm and being patient, follow the advice given by local emergency officials and if an event happens near you, check for any injuries.

Give first aid and get help for anyone seriously injured.

You can find the full list of recommendations here.

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