When a monster super earthquake rips apart Seattle, you would rather not hear Ryan Seacrest blabbering about Britney's latest meltdown
There is a procedure for handling local disasters. And I think most people don't know what it is. There really is only ONE station in Seattle authorized for emergency notification: KIRO
Read this: http://www.emd.wa.gov/telcom/telcom_emergency_alerting_systems.shtml
Glad to hear it. So radio DOES got a one up against the iPods. Funny thing is, I receive KIRO-AM WEAKER than KOMO. And in the worst scenario for Skagit County, where KOMO comes in BETTER than KIRO's AM signal (I don't live there anymore, just work there a LOT these days), and since KBRC/KAPS will likely go straight to perfectly automated EBS feeds - i.e. assuming everything will work out FINE. As long as you don't pay top dollar for it. And since KIRO news has gone FM by this time, and DON'T EVEN get me started on what 97.3 FM reception is like - ESPECIALLY up in the Mount Vernon lowlands. Even in an absolute emergency, i will still not want to hear Jim Rome talk about the Celitcs last night. And if the Internet is down too, which it likely WILL be.
BUT.... KRKO, on their very own website, says:http://www.krko.com/engineering/disaster/
Where it mentions "In Skagit County, pyroclastic flows from a volcanic eruption of Glacier Peak" could hit us down either from the Skagit River or elsewhere. I'm no geology expert, but I'll definitely believe sooner what the experts in THIS field when they say "You got some REAL s--t on your hands coming" than the so-called "experts" in radio say when they dismiss me as some stoner dude in Mount Vernon with a grudge against everything (which I'll admit, I DO have.) But I'm STILL RIGHT
(Meanwhile, the EAS on KBRC blips out and goes straight back to "Born To Be Wild" Steppenwolf, already in progress. As the Division Street bridge and most of downtown Mount Vernon is being wiped out..........)
A frightening dream I know, but one that still worries me.....Call me old fashioned. But in the end, I'm just KICK-ASS old school....
And the WORST CAN happen. Just ask the long time folks STILL in New Orleans......It doesn't matter if you're ten feet underwater or ten feet of mud - which is a LOT worse. IT CAN HAPPEN.
And where the KBRC/KAPS studios sit now, I shudder to think.......