Area Event Organizers Keep Safety In Mind After Bombings

Americans across the nation are feeling their heartstrings pull as the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings continue.

Of course, after bombs were unknowingly placed onto the premises, many are asking, “Could this happen here?”

We've all had different reactions as we've watched videos from Monday.

For Josee Beier, who's helping organize the Gambler Half Marathon and 5k in Council Bluffs this Sunday, the attack gave her something else to think about.

“I was really saddened and upset to hear something like this would happen, and of course, I was concerned about the people here that have registered for the marathon and the 5k,” she says.

The metro area hosts a number of large public events, so fears of a copycat attack are only natural.

That includes many from area law enforcement who were already scheduled for active shooter training the day after the attack.

They say what they were doing Tuesday could be applied to a number of situations, including an attack from a bomber.

Captain Kevin Pokorney, of the La Vista Police Department, says, “It's important for our citizens, that they know we're ready in case something happens, that we can get there as quickly as we possibly can.”

For organizers of the Gambler Run, they plan to work closely with police, keep communications open, and remind everyone to stay safe.

“So we just want to take those extra measures to ensure that everybody is safe, and that there's no fear for something like this happening, because we're taking those extra precautions,” Beier says.

One of those precautions, is taking a close look at backpacks.

Investigators in Boston believe backpacks held the bombs at the end of the marathon Monday.

In Council Bluffs this weekend, organizers will be letting everyone know to look out for any suspicious items or bags.

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