Local News

Durham Adds Radio Stations to Emergency Communications

Posted May 27, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— There are two new radio stations on the air in Durham, but you probably won't listen to either one unless you're in trouble. A solar powered, portable, A-M radio station is the newest part of Durham's Emergency Communications System.

The unit can be moved into a trouble spot on a moment's notice. Then Emergency leaders can immediately broadcast important information on AM 900 and 910.

In neighborhoods if there was a tornado or localized flooding we could set this up and have the folks know exactly who they need to call, what numbers they need to call and what they can do to get back on their feet and get their lives back together.

The emergency broadcast unit is already on the air. Durham City and County split the $34,000 cost. It is the first unit of its kind operated by a local government in North Carolina.