FM Chips in an Emergency

Broadcasters have been committed to keeping their communities safe for decades. With new technologies such as smartphones and other devices, NASBA works to educate the public on the need to activate FM chips in cell phones because of the importance of local radio during times of emergency.

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Harvey Shows Progress on Emergency Communications Since Katrina

08-31-17

Issie Lapowsky, Wired

The damage done by Hurricane Harvey is, as the National Weather Service, tweeted ominously over the weekend, “unknown & beyond anything experienced.” Rain continues to fall over the water-soaked region of Southeast Texas where the category 4 hurricane made landfall Friday night. It’s a living nightmare already drawing comparisons to Hurricane Katrina.

One comparison offers a glimmer of hope amid the devastation: Communications networks have held much better. While connectivity was almost completely lost in Rockport, Texas, which was hit hardest by the storm, the Federal Communications Commission says just 4 percent of the 7,804 cell sites in Harvey’s path were wiped out, affecting 148,565 people. By contrast, more than 1,000 cell sites were knocked out during Katrina, preventing millions of calls from going through, according to a post-Katrina FCC report.

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FCC Chairman to Visit Texas in Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

08-31-17

Ted Johnson, Variety

WASHINGTON — FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will travel to Texas on Tuesday to inspect the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and to monitor the progress of restoring communications.

“Working in close coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, the FCC will do everything it can to help restore communications services after this terrible storm,” Pai said.

Earlier this week, Pai said that the storm had knocked out wireless cell sites in Aranas, Calhoun and Refugio counties, with communications networks hit hardest in areas where the hurricane hit landfall.

He said that the FCC has deployed field agents in the storm affected areas.

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