Millions of people on the East Coast can’t hear the speeches by the President, Governor, Mayor, Emergency Manager or anyone on the recovery process from Hurricane Sandy because they don’t have power. The TV emergency broadcast system is useless once the emergency begins and the power is knocked out. Radio is the source of news that needs to be improved to help citizens stranded by storms. Why isn’t radio better developed? It is because we have not planned to improve the information sharing process when disasters strike. We have better technology today but the tried and true methods of communicating have been neglected.
State and Local Governments need to improve their ability to communicate by radio. All the coverage of the storm does no good if people do not have the power to enable then to listen. At a minimum we need to have the coverage that is on TV simulcast on radio. CSPAN radio and National Public radio are two great examples of how radio is still a viable way of communicating important information.