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David C. Ruff started WMD Consulting Group in Spring Garden Township in September. Although no group has officially retained his company's services yet, Ruff said he plans to help evaluate groups and train them how to prepare.

"Many companies have not had to deal with this kind of thing, so they are not prepared for it," Ruff said. Places such as public utilities, schools and churches are also prime targets, he said.

Ruff also has knowledge of explosives, as a commander of the 45th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment.

He said hospitals could be better protected if they put concrete barriers around buildings; and retail establishments might want to train employees how to get out of a store in the event of a bomb threat, he said.

He said he also often recommends hiring guards or installing alarm systems.

"It all comes down to money and what a company is willing to spend," Ruff said. "My job is just to give the overview of the threat."

— The Associated Press

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