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Digging Deeper: security threats

Dramatically tighter security is in place in New York and Washington.

It's based on what officials call specific and credible information about a possible terrorist attack as the country prepares to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The Department of Homeland Security has a list of 62 regions that are high risk targets.

Some are in Georgia.

From the Director of Homeland Security to the Albany Police Chief, law enforcement is asking the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity, especially over the next several weeks as we remember the terror attacks of September 11th, 2001.

"You need to know your police men, you need to know your fireman," said Ray Hinman.

Here in south Georgia, decades ago Albany was one of the top cities at risk for an enemy attack. Digging deeper we learned we're no longer on a list of 62 regions nationwide that Homeland Security considers at risk, but Atlanta is. Here in south Georgia Emergency Responders say a HazMat event, like a bomb or explosion ranks among the top four risks Emergency Responders assess and right now they're setting up a training scenario that will play out later this month.

"During this event people will be injured, some will be killed and it will involve not only the plant but the police department, fire department, EMS, Emergency Management, all of us together training, responding to this event," said Jim Vaught, EMA Deputy Director.

They say no area can afford not to train for a terrorist event whether it's foreign or domestic terrorism.

"It doesn't have to be a foreign attack on us it could be within, so we practice and we train," said Vaught.

While many may think a city as small as Albany wouldn't be on the radar of terrorists, the Marine Corps Logistics Base does pose some risk for the region.

"If it was hit, especially at the right place it could cause this country a lot of problems especially in our war that we're still fighting, it's where most of the supplies are coming from," said Barney Knighton, Retired Law Enforcement.

While emergency responders train for any potential threat they say homeland security is a shared responsibility and remind everyone if you see something, say something.

Albany Police say if you see something you think is an immediate threat, you should call 911.

If you witness something suspicious and just want to report..you can call the non-emergency line at (229)431-2132.

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