MTSU plays key role in state emergency communicati...

MTSU plays key role in state emergency communication center (VIDEO)

Middle Tennessee State University has provided its expertise and resources to aid the creation of an emergency communications center that the State of Tennessee could use to inform the public and media during a state or local disaster or crisis.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency unveiled the Multi-Agency Joint Information Center, or MAJIC, during a news conference Sept. 8 to kick off National Preparedness Month at the Tennessee Department of Military-TEMA headquarters on Sidco Drive in Nashville.

TEMA partnered with the Tennessee Department of Health and MTSU to develop the center, which will provide live, high-definition satellite video uplinks that government agencies and TV stations can use to broadcast information to the public during incidents such as tornadoes, floods and other public health emergencies.

Staff from the MTSU College of Education’s Center for Educational Media and the College of Mass Communication’s Department of Electronic Media Communication shared technical expertise to properly equip the studio inside the joint information center, which has been two years in the making and was funded primarily through federal grants.

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