Broadcasters Prep For Hurricane Matthew

Broadcasters Prep For Hurricane Matthew

As hurricane Matthew approaches the southeastern region of Georgia, citizens will depend on broadcasters more than ever for life-saving information. We remind you that now is the time to start preparing and contacting your local EMA Directors. The incredible work done by broadcasters during Tropical Storm Hermine sets a perfect precedent for how to handle Hurricane Matthew. If the GAB can be of assistance during any portion of your station's storm coverage contact us by phone or email. We also ask that you share with us pictures, stories, video, audio or links of your station's storm coverage before, during and after the storm. You can email your storm coverage samples to: admin@gab.org

In the meantime, here are some helpful resources from our partners around the state:

GOVERNOR DEAL'S 30 COUNTY EXECUTIVE ORDER http://gov.georgia.gov/sites/gov.georgia.gov/files/related_files/document/10.05.16.02.pdf GEMHSA LOCAL EMA DIRECTORS http://www.gema.ga.gov/Pages/default.aspx NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ GEORGIA POWER OUTAGE MAP http://outagemap.georgiapower.com/external/default.html GDOT http://www.dot.ga.gov/DS/Emergency/Hurricane

FCC PUBLIC NOTICE http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2016/db1005/DA-16-1143A1.pdf


The GAB has confirmed with the FCC the following

  1. Can a daytime AM station stay at full power after sunset?
    1. YES: pursuant to 73.1250 (f). Stations must file a report afterwards: see 73.1250(d)
  2. If a primary tower is off air can a station go to an auxiliary tower?
    1. YES: stations must first have a FCC authorized auxiliary license, but can switch at anytime once licensed. If a switch occurs stations must notify the FCC.
  3. Broadcasters needing assistance to initiate, resume or maintain communications operations during the Hurricane can contact the FCC Operations Center 24/7.
    1. Phone Number: 202-418-1122
    2. Email: FCCOPCenter@fcc.gov
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