In a piece called “Smartphone FM Radio Capabilities Enhance Public Safety at No Cost,” Forbes contributor Steve Pociask points out how vital radio is during times of emergency. “The value of FM radio has been demonstrated again and again.” Pociask cites several examples, storm after storm, where residents affected by disaster turned to radio.
One of those examples was Hurricane Isaac in 2012. “Most of New Orleans was without power for three to five days. Across the city, cell phone service didn’t work, power outages prevented access to TV, and Internet connectivity was unreliable or non-existent. During that time, local radio stations broadcasted 24 hours a day, providing critical information and comfort to the city’s residents. Without the lifeline that radio communications provided, confusion and chaos would have been greatly exacerbated.”
Pociask says enabling FM radio capabilities comes at virtually no cost, either to consumers or the manufacturing industry. “Given the benefits, manufacturers who do not already make FM radio available to their customers should strongly consider doing so. Manufacturers should do all they can to make this life-saving technology even more widely available to consumers.”
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