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Homeland Security experts share tips

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- Over 1,000 emergency management officials from across the state are in Grand Rapids this week to learn the latest techniques to improve Michigan's homeland security.

"The mood here is one of vigilance," said Captain Tom Sands, of the Michigan State Police's Emergency Management Division. "Those (terrorist) people are still out there. They are very determined they are bright and they will be successful again."

Capt. Sands says everyday citizens can help prevent threats by continually being attuned to situations and people around them "that don't seem or feel right."

Focusing on "Answering the Call," this year's conference at DeVos Place underscores the importance of engaging the whole community in preparedness and response efforts to help protect lives. The agenda includes a wide-array of topics such as building resilient communities, cyber security in the 21st century, future of information sharing in Michigan, disaster impacts at healthcare facilities and changes in global terrorism.


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