General Preparedness

AM & FM Radio Stations as a Preparedness Tool

While the Emergency Alert System is in place to provide warning of an imminent threat and for follow up during an emergency, radio chould play a more significant preparedness role. It's portability, pervasiveness, the the fact that it can be listened to my millions simultaneously without degrading the speed of delivery (unlike the Internet), make it an overlooked resource for preparedness. A system, perhaps modeled on EAS, could be a very useful resource to disseminate information in advance of an emergency.

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  1. Comment
    Allan Long

    I am surprised at how little penetration there is of NOAA weather radio frequencies and its SAME alert system into automotive radios and most clock radios. The prevelance of these devices in most households and throughout the day and night make them a tremendous asset to emergency preparedness measures.

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    Glenn Yorks

    I agree with 'community member'.

    I would like to add that rural communities such as ours are not able to receive local AM/FM radio due to the terrain. During weather events we are relying on internet postings for information on roads and closures.

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    Scott Paltall

    So is your idea to use EAS for more than just imminent weather threats? In Colorado we use EAS to broadcast Amber Alert information too.

    I like the idea of adding NOAA frequencies to radios.

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    Bernie Wagenblast ( Idea Submitter )

    Scott ... I wasn't necessarily thinking of using EAS. EAS is primarily used to quickly disseminate emergency information when timely notification is critical. While AM and FM stations may not cover 100% of the population, I believe most Americans are in range of at least one AM or FM station. Perhaps working through organizations such as the state broadcasters associations, stations could be encouraged to play a role in preparedness by disseminating less time-sensitive information to the public. Like any tool, this would not reach 100% of the public, but it could play an important role.

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    Glen D White

    I Have Not Turnd On A Radio, After I Got a Computer With Windows 95 on it, You Tell Me Do You See The Radio? Or Your Computer?

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    Glen D White

    ESP Would Work?

    If I Did not Have A Computer Righ in Front of Me, But If Not the Computer, it is Cable TV,or Sat TV?

    I Here the Radio, if I'm in my Car!

    And with NO job to go to I have Not Even Turned it on to go to the Store!

    Think Do Not Blink!

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    Herbert Gehring

    Broadcasters (AM-FM-TV) seem to have disconnected from the local community due to corporate ownership and automated/symdicated programming. Apparently cost effective and makes everybody look like a major player but no direct link to the local area. Maybe the EM practitioners can do a significant targeted outreach to let the stations know they do still matter at a local level?