CINCINNATI - In response to the Boston Marathon tragedy, officials with the Flying Pig Marathon and police are making changes ahead of this year's race.
On Monday, more than 170 people were injured and three killed after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
A shootout in downtown Boston late Thursday night resulted in the death of a police officer and one of the bombing suspects, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
The entire city of Boston remained on lockdown until late Friday evening when police apprehended 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Tamerlan's brother and suspected accomplice.
Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig told 9 On Your Side Friday the Flying Pig Marathon will be a secure event. He said the FBI will be assisting Cincinnati police for the duration of the marathon in addition to having extra security from the Ohio State Patrol.
Flying Pig officials are also taking extra precautions by asking participants to place their belongings in clear bags. If they do not have one, clear bags will be distributed at the day of the race.
The Flying Pig will have a transport plan for participants so they will have their dry clothes waiting for them at the finish line.
Organizers also ask runners and spectators to limit the number of bags or backpacks they bring to the event.
"If you're on the street [and] you have on a bag, you could be subject to search," said Iris Simpson, executive director of the Flying Pig. "We're going to have that much additional precaution and safety so it will become an inconvenience for you as well as everyone involved. If you bring a bag, don't leave it under a bench behind a tree or in a bush. We've seen a lot of that at previous Pigs. People are in a hurry and they go back and retrieve it later; it's not likely to be there so really leave your extra items at home."
If a large scale crisis were to unfold in Cincinnati, both police and fire officials say that the response would depend on the type of emergency.
In the past, the Cincinnati Fire Department issued directives to residents both for the styrene leak in the East End and the Queen City barrel fire to "shelter in place."
When enforced, "shelter in place" directs residents to stay indoors and is designed to protect residents from breathing harmful chemicals that may be present in the air.
"If it's primarily an inhalation hazard where people need to be protected from whatever the chemical is, that's when we might ask people to remain in their homes until the cloud has passed by and the air outside is safe again to breath," said Assistant Fire Chief Ed Dadosky.
The Cincinnati Police Department says officers are equipped with the skills to handle a lockdown situation. They often deal with barricaded suspects, during which they are forced to safely restrict certain areas.
"What they're doing in Boston is a request; they're requesting people to stay in for obvious reasons and if there were a similar situation here in Cincinnati we may do the same thing. It all depends on whether it's isolated or widespread," said Chief Craig.
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