June 2022 Emergency Management Issue 
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Pine Creek Ceremony 
Photo Courtesy of
Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
Pow Wow to Be Broadcast Live on New Tribal Radio Station
Tribe’s Radio Service Will Promote Safety, Emergency Preparedness & Culture
FULTON, MI: Approach the Pine Creek Indian Reservation in southern Michigan the last weekend in June and you can experience a very traditional gathering with a very non-traditional media presence. The annual Pow Wow celebration features traditional Potawatomi dance, music, singing, crafts and other cultural expressions. It’s open to the public and draws thousands from across the country.

Back in the day, you had to be physically at the Reservation to see and hear the goings-on; now you can experience the Pow Wow event on your car radio, live-streamed on a smartphone or, if you are on foot, in special “sound zones” scattered about the Tribal property. J.W. Newson, the Tribe’s audiovisual production specialist, will manage it all from the newly designed Control Studio located on the grounds.
Pine Creek Drum Ceremony 
Photo Courtesy of
Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP) Tribe will use the radio service to inform attendees of event directions, parking information, prohibited items, the photo policy and other things visitors need to be mindful of. Once it begins, they can tune in to AM1620 and hear it happening in real time on the property and for miles around.

“And there are a lot of avenues in which this service will be useful all year long,” points out James Zoss, the NHBP’s emergency manager. “Severe weather is our number-one exposure in southern Michigan – both summer and winter – and the fact that National Weather Service warnings can interrupt radio programming at any time is critical.” Getting information out to residents when power or communication services are down is important as well. The radio system is on generator-backed power, so the signal stays up even when the grid goes down.
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Salinas CA River Fire 
The “River Fire” near Salinas, CA, in 2020 threatened homes in its path.
Photo by David A Litman
Courtesy of Shutterstock.com
 
One Wildfire Is Bad Enough
Emergency Managers in California Soon to Use Satellite Links to Directly Disseminate Evacuation Instructions to Car Radios & Outdoor Warning Speakers
RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA: When the order comes to evacuate, what information source does the public trust? How can evacuees be certain they are not turning into an oncoming disaster instead of escaping it? Increasingly, emergency managers are looking to radio instead of relying solely on social media, which, history shows, has the potential to become a wildfire of its own when a crisis ignites.

In the February edition of The Communication Review, a published study finds that the logistics of various social media platforms have a decidedly negative effect on the work of emergency managers and responders. The author details how in a crisis, social media information can become tangled with subjective accounts, outdated facts and heresay, inadvertently enhancing ambiguity instead of clarity. The result can be to increase public uncertainty at precisely the time that public resolve is required.

Some communities are embracing a novel form of radio technology to counter this effect so they can minimize “social media wildfires” and maintain control of communication channels:

Riverside County, California, is in the process of procuring more than thirty Genasys satellite-linked outdoor audio warning systems in the San Jacinto Mountains to direct evacuations during crises such as wildfires and earthquakes. The unique design will allow emergency managers to direct evacuees by radio (see more about the Riverside County's RadioSAFE Systems), so when they enter their cars to escape, updated radio messages will direct their routes. The emergency radio, speaker sound and mass notification (email/text/phone) systems will be managed from a single control platform.
Fireman Erik Olson  Red Rock's Antenna 
Fireman Erik Olson stands beside the new emergency information radio antenna at BLM’s Red Rock Canyon National Conservancy. The system’s antenna is visible atop the Visitor Center.
Photos Courtesy of BLM
At the Bureau of Land Management’s Red Rock Canyon National Conservancy Area west of Las Vegas, management has just installed a RadioSAFE Emergency Radio System to inform visitors of rapidly changing conditions that can affect their safety. The Red Rock Canyon is a bowl-shaped area with a 5-mile loop road that could quickly become impassible due to a fast-burning fire or a weather-related event. On a given day, thousands of visitors may be driving, hiking, biking or rock climbing in the vulnerable canyon area.
Foresthill Antenna 
Foresthill Fire Protection District’s Emergency Advisory Radio Antenna in California
Photo Courtesy of Foresthill FPD
Northeast of Sacramento, California, the Foresthill Fire Protection District has been operating a RadioSAFE System for two years and has recently been granted a waiver by the FCC to run at higher signal levels. Operator Richard Hercules tells The Source that he has usable listening reports for 14 miles from the antenna, with 10 watts of transmitter power, and is streaming the content to the District’s website as well. The District also has published a Q/R code for instant stream access.
Foresthill CA Installation 
Rich Hercules of the Foresthill Fire Protection District, flanked by antenna installers
Photo Courtesy of Foresthill FPD 
“Local agencies have given us great feedback on messaging, when emergency conditions are declared throughout our county and adjacent counties,” says Hercules. “We have started another grant cycle to expand our radio signal further.” The RadioSAFE RSF 500:10 System includes a higher powered transmitter that can be employed in a crisis on a temporary basis with FCC permission. 
 
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Information Radio Stations is a generic term synonymous with Travelers Information Stations (TIS), Highway Advisory Radio Stations (HAR) / Highway Information Systems & Low Power Radio Stations (LPR). Operation of the stations is governed by FCC Part 90.242 Rules. A FCC license is required. Information Radio Stations may be fixed or portable. Subcomponents may include transmitter, antenna and ground system, digital voice player, wattmeter, cabinet with conventional or Corbin locks, lightning arrestors for RF, power and telephone lines, coaxial cable. Most stations employ black maximized antennas to discourage ice accumulation and security measures to prevent unauthorized program access. Options include synchronization, battery backup, solar power, remote programming by local, network or telco, multi-station audio distribution via RF or LAN / WAN or wireless network.