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Michiana eyes on Boston coverage including emergency responders

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Most people say they have been glued to the coverage of Friday's Boston Marathon Bomber manhunt since it got underway.

Even at O'Rourkes today, a bar where you typically go to watch sporting events, it seemed people were much more interested in watching the TV that showed the manhunt in Boston.

"We're just worried and praying for the families that have been effected," said Lori McDaniel. "Really just want to see an end to it."

A lot of people there had their eyes glued to televisions in the bar following the latest updates.

"A lot of just watching news stories, going online, checking CNN and Yahoo News," said Christina Finkle. "It seems new information is coming out every half hour and on the hour."   

It was not just television and the Internet where people are getting their updates.

"Well I had to take a really long trip today and I was in the car and the entire time I tried to stay listening to talk radio," said Aaron Perlut. "I could make sure what was going on and the development because it's such a fluid situation."

Local first responders say they have also been paying close attention to what's been going on with these tragedies this week. However, their reasons are a little bit different than most.

"It just goes to show when we train and when we exercise and prepare," said Jennifer Tobey, Elkhart EMA Director. "We always say it's not if it happens its when."

The explosions have not just put local Emergency Management departments on alert. Police departments in Michiana say they have also been watching closely. Captain Phil Trent, with the South Bend Police Department, says tragedies like these are why they have plans in place to deal with emergencies.

"We've had quite a few years and if not decades to reflect on a lot of these incidents and come up with an action plan," said Trent.

The American Red Cross also says they are prepared if we saw something as horrible as what's happened in Boston happen in Michiana.

"Hopefully we'll never have to put them to the test but we have put some thought into it and have some basic preparation," said Doug Farmwald, American Red Cross - Saint Joseph County.

Each department says this week's tragedies are just a reminder of why they always are preparing and staying ready to go at a moment's notice.

"We are the people that sit back and think of the what if's and pre-plan," said Tobey.

Tobey added planning for those "what if's" includes everything from being prepared for an explosion to a devastating storm.

Local hospitals have coordinated efforts in place if they need to deal with an emergency like in Boston and Texas. Specifically Memorial Hospital goes through training exercises to keep them prepared if something were to happen.

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