MONTH 9: STAY INFORMED

As you actively evacuate, draw on information you have researched and stay tuned to radio and television broadcasts; their updates will guide you in the right direction (north, south, east or west).

The Emergency Alert System (EAS), formerly the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS), is a coordinated organization that provides emergency alerts across the country. You’ve probably heard them on TV; normal programming is interrupted by a special tone followed by information scrolling along the bottom of your television screen. To identify this alert, go to http://www.kvsc.org/eas.php and click on “Listen to the E.A.S. tones” at the bottom of the page.

Radio stations will interrupt programming for a verbal alert and will provide better local news coverage than television. Streaming online broadcasts are another source of real-time emergency notification and updates, if they are still available when needed.

You already have a sense of what your local media provides, so keep that in mind when choosing a source for news during an emergency situation.

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