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November 2, 2013

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Nov-02-13 4:54 PM

We were blessed to have a wonderful radio station providing constant updates in Bloomsburg during the flood in 2011. The crew from WHLM lost power at their studio but managed to operate a makeshift studio at their tower utilizing a generator provided by the fire company.

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Nov-02-13 9:31 AM

Everything you need to know is on YouTube, isn't it Sham?

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Nov-02-13 9:31 AM

Weatherband is fine, but does not provide local emergency information.

If the LTE is correct, and local radio did not provide timely, local information, they should lose their broadcast license.

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Nov-02-13 9:01 AM

I was one of the lucky ones who had cell phone service because our home sat higher off of 87. I was able to call for help for myself and my neighbors and I let people use my phone to call family members to let them know they were ok.

After the storm was over I learned a valuable lesson and I bought a stand by generator because all of us were on our own for those 3 days and that in itself was a scary feeling.

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Nov-02-13 8:53 AM

I agree when electrical infrastructure in impaired radio is very useful but there are other 'emergencies' that can use social media effectively to inform the public. Not everyone uses radio, emergency response is covering all bases for informing the public.

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Nov-02-13 8:39 AM

Have you tried a Weatherband Radio? They should be available at many of the stores that sell electronics.

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Nov-02-13 6:40 AM

I agree. In disaster situations, our local radio stations should keep people informed with reliable updates from people who know what's going on. I DO NOT want to rely on Facebook (if I can access it) for information. Anyone can post anything, and it's just one big rumor mill.

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Nov-02-13 5:23 AM

Even in NY and NJ, during hurricane Sandy, cellular communication systems went down, leaving many without information.

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