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Ball State Students Develop Communications Protocol For IDHS

Last updated on Tuesday, April 29, 2008

(MUNCIE) - The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has a new crisis communications protocol developed by students at Ball State University.

Joe Wainscott, Executive Director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, says the protocol coordinates procedures for getting the word out during emergencies.

The students passed the Federal Emergency Management Agency course on public information systems before taking on the project.

Ball State University President Jo Ann Gora says it's a good example of students learning by taking a real world problem and finding a practical solution for it.

Joe Wainscott says the department will use the protocol for training public information personnel throughout the state.

The project is part of a $2.5 million grant Ball State received from the Department of Homeland Security to develop emergency public communications training.

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