Hurricane Irene hung around the East Coast of the United States for the better part of a week, inflicting all sorts of damage and affecting millions of people. Broadcasters were there before, during and after Irene, and NAB has put together video highlighting television and radio coverage of the disaster.
Numerous agencies and disaster support groups, notably including the FCC and the American Red Cross, place broadcasting at the top of the list when it comes to getting critical and sometimes life-saving information to the public.
Not only are many broadcasters equipped to continue operation even if the local electrical grid goes down, their signals can commonly be accessed by consumers with battery-powered receivers. In many cases, broadcasting is the one and only medium able to provide wide distribution of up-to-date emergency information.
For more information, check out RBR-TVBR’s two parter, “The hurricane just blew through. You’re off the air. Now what do you do?”
Check out Part I here.
Check out Part II here.
And now, without further ado, coming to you courtesy of the National Association of Broadcasters, a look at the broadcast response to Hurricane Irene: