FEMA Upgrading WLW


On Wednesday The Federal Emergency Management Agency and iHeartMedia will host an unveiling of the modernization project of iHeartMedia’s NewsRadio 700 WLW-AM in Cincinnati. WLW is one of 77 across the country that serve as a National Public Warning System Primary Entry Point, participating with FEMA to provide emergency alert and warning information to the public before, during and after incidents and disasters.

As directed by Congress in the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2015, FEMA, which manages IPAWS, launched an effort to upgrade PEP stations. The stations are designed and hardened to withstand various natural and man-made events to ensure continuity of operations. NewsRadio 700 WLW-AM is the second station in the country to complete the upgrade, which includes increased sheltering capabilities, expanded broadcast capacity, and sustainable power generation for all types of hazardous events.

A news conference will be held at 11 a.m. EDT on Wednesday. A Ribbon cutting, Q&A, tour of the facility and live demonstration at the WLW-AM PEP station emergency studio will follow.


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