All eyes are on the Boston Marathon at security command center

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It’s been 5 years since the Boston Marathon Bombings and security is tighter than ever.

Hundreds of security personnel protected the route from underground at the MEMA bunker in Framingham.

It was once a government bomb shelter that President John F. Kennedy built in the early 1960s.
Now, it’s the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency bunker and the command center for the Boston Marathon security.

“So, about 8,000 people in the field,” MEMA director Kurt Schwartz told 22News. “This coordination center here today is about 250 people. There’s another eight to ten command posts across the communities as well. So… a big operation.”

Inside the Unified Coordination center, representatives from each of the eight towns along the marathon route are looking at screens and watching for any alerts.

It takes six months for more than 40 different organizations to plan the security procedures every year.
70 different agencies execute those plans.

Missing this year are the 4 state police helicopters, which can’t fly in inclement weather.
Without as many eyes overhead, more eyes watch from underground.

“We have again multiple methods and backup methods so that if we can’t get the information one way, we have multiple ways to get that,” says MEMA’s spokesman, Chris Besse. “So, we do have many boots on the ground and many different agencies that can report in.”

The people working to keep Massachusetts safe on Marathon Monday cover eight towns, through more than 100 security footage feeds and thousands of eyes on the ground.

Of course, they train to cover 26.2 miles—the distance from Hopkinton to Boylston Street.

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