Thursday, September 08, 2005

Evacuation Radio Services

Via Boing Boing

An FCC-approved low power FM radio station set up to provide info to evacuees has been denied access by officials. How can this type of thing be approved in advance of the next disaster?

From the Evacuation Radio Services site:

Dome City Radio is a volunteer-operated low-power FM (LPFM) station that serves the Reliant Complex in Houston, Texas. Our mission is to provide these new Houston residents with the timely information that they have been otherwise unable to obtain, such as school enrollment procedures, vaccination availability, and mail forwarding assistance.


and later

Despite its far-reaching support network (including its three special-puropse FCC licenses), KAMP has been denied access to the Astrodome due to an official's refusal to provide electricity to the station. This dictate was handed down by RW Royal, Jr., Incident Commander of the JIC (Joint Information Committee). Our offers to run the station from battery power were declined.

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