CUSEC, which serves on the Mid-America Regional Advisory Committee for the Advanced National Seismic System as a representative of the emergency management interest in the central US, has recently increased its involvement. CUSEC will host a strong motion instrument at its headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee.The CUSEC building, which is located in the southern most portion of Memphis, adjacent to the Memphis International Airport, is an ideal location for studying ground motion and its effects on a critical facility. The Memphis airport is a critical link in the response planning efforts for the Memphis area. Information gained from this instrument and others in the system will quickly show the level of shaking experienced. This information can then be used to give an idea of the amount of damage that may have occurred due to the shaking. The information will be vital to emergency responders trying to get outside aid into the Memphis area.