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Inauguration security center to go live Saturday

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    With Washington preparing for a historic inauguration ceremony, keep up to date with Raycom team coverage of the latest news and information surrounding the event.
    With Washington preparing for a historic inauguration ceremony, keep up to date with Raycom team coverage of the latest news and information surrounding the event.  Follow our field reporter, Rachel Leigh, as she makes coverage preparations.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The multi-agency inauguration security hub begins operations Saturday morning in a windowless room about eight blocks from the White House.

The center, run by the Secret Service, is where officials will monitor inaugural activities and public areas via live video feeds from more than a-half dozen agencies, including the FBI, police, the National Park Service and the D.C. Transportation Department.

Under the plan, if the police department needs to speak to someone at the FAA, those officials are already in the same room. And each person there will have a list of radio frequencies so that one agency can easily communicate with another in the field.

More than 100 officials from nearly 60 agencies will be overseeing what is shaping up as the largest security operation in inaugural history.

The command center runs 24/7 beginning at 8 a.m. Eastern time tomorrow. Barring major problems, it will shut down at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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