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Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Posted on 10/1/2018
TV Technology detailed extensive preparations for Hurricane Florence’s from local stations at Morris Multimedia, Raycom, Sinclair and Community Broadcasters. Preparations included sandbagging station entry points, securing backup generators and antennas, and providing shelters for reporters. Read More.
“Our mission as local broadcasters is to be there for the duration for our communities,” Raycom Vice President of News Steve Ackerman said. “Standing on the beach in the middle of a Category 4 hurricane doesn’t necessarily provide anybody with useful information. But keeping our infrastructure in place and getting that mission critical information out does perform a real community service.”
At Capitol Broadcasting Company (CBC), preparations have been ongoing for more than a week, at both WILM in Wilmington and WRAL in Raleigh, N.C., says Peter Sockett, director of engineering and operations.
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