INSIDE LOOK: FCN's Hurricane Emergency Broadcast Center

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --- First Coast New is located on the St. Johns River, so what happens if our television station must evacuate, say because of a storm surge? How do we prepare?

In an emergency, we go to Florida State College at Jacksonville Deerwood Campus' state-of-the art TV studio.

"In here, we have a full production facility," said FSCJ Director of Technology, Rust Gardner. "Completely digital. We have a full green screen. We have a generator, we have emergency power."

The partnership with FCN began last year. It allows us to broadcast emergency information you need, for three to four days during a storm from one of Jacksonville's highest points. That broadcast time-frame, said Gardner, is based on generator power. If operating under regular power, we would be able to broadcast indefinitely.

"So, basically, you could do everything you can do at your studio, you could be able to do here," Gardner said.

They've got studio cameras, a green screen for our weather graphics.
They have a full control room for our producers. There are internet connections and areas for our sales staff.

There are bathrooms with showers and lockers and even spaces for us to sleep if need be.

There is also an underground tunnel in a part of the building which is leftover from its days as the Grand Boulevard Mall. That would be where our satellite truck would go.

This partnership could help save lives in a weather emergency.

"One of the things we really like about the partnership is the ability to be able to work with the community, give back to the community and to help provide a safe environment," Gardner said.

Stay with for the absolute latest in weather coverage this Hurricane season.


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