NORAD trains for terrorist attack over northwest Ohio - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

NORAD trains for terrorist attack over northwest Ohio

By Dick Berry - email

Posted by Nick Dutton - email

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The 180th Air National Guard at Toledo Express Airport trained for a terrorist attack Thursday. They were part of a NORAD exercise where two armed F-16's took flight to intercept a passenger jet possibly hijacked by terrorists.

Michael Cornell, Director of Owens Community College's Center for Preparedness, says "It's just another example of how well the country is working to prepare for what many feel is an inevitable attack."

Cornell believes a terrorist attack is imminent, citing the failed Christmas Day bomber in Detroit.

However, Cornell believes the U.S. has come a long way, but says there's always room for growth and preparedness training. "I don't think we're where we need to be, but (we're) a lot better off than we were five to ten years ago."

Fire Chief Mike Wolever oversees homeland security for Toledo and says there have been threats to Toledo, but he can't talk about them.

"One of the things that the state and local people are getting better at doing is sharing classified information and that's huge," said Wolever.

However, Ohio authorities are now worried about a cyber-terrorism, which could crush the banking industry and Wall Street.

Local officials believe the U.S. remains vulnerable to attack.

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