Radio never warned me (regarding Spfld tornado)
Sat Jun 11 19:55:57 EDT 2011
> You CAN NOT plan for a tornado or earthquake...
Fukushima is a perfect example of such thinking. Memorials exist many
kilometers inland and many meters higher of a tsunami over a thousand years
ago. These signs were ignored because it happened so long ago, and a safety
assumption was made because the likelihood of a recurrence within the
projected lifetime of the plants was small. Yet the earthquake happened
within the lifetime of the plants, and the tsunami overwhelmed the
assumption as well as the plants.
Violent weather and seismic events have occurred nearly everywhere on the
planet. We need only look back about 50 years to the Worcester disaster in
the 1950s to see that tornadoes do occur in central Mass. Agreed, they are
rare; but they do happen, and on the scale of centuries, they happen fairly
You don't need to project the actual location and severity to make a
You do need to set up "meet-up" locations for your family and your
employees, students, and/or co-workers. These should include phone numbers,
email addresses, and websites like Facebook, but they should also include
physical locations, some far away. (My family knows that if all else fails,
they should head out to our camp in the Adirondacks.)
As for what broadcast stations can do...
EAS has a variety of codes, and any station can be programmed to forward
alerts matching those codes. My stations automatically and instantly
broadcast tornado and tsunami warnings, amber alerts, and other specifically
chosen types of alerts.
Work out agreements with other local broadcasters in the area. Nobody can
predict who will be on or off the air, but we all can agree that everybody
who is left standing will broadcast the audio from the best available
source. It may be by radio relay from a backup exciter at somebody's studio,
by Internet, or by cell phone, but somehow, it will get through if we plan
it in advance.
Arrange for backup transmitter locations, official or not. The FCC is great
about responding to requests for temporary transmitter locations in disaster
scenarios, but it is best to have aux sites licensed in advance.
Have disaster plans written up, including scripts containing advice to
listeners with regard to various disaster scenarios. Be sure that the
entire staff - including management, sales, volunteers and interns - is
thoroughly educated and knows the basics of opening a microphone and
speaking on the air. Your traffic clerk might be the only one capable of
getting to the station.
Hoping to open a dialog here... Other ideas???
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