Test Canceled but KYUK Stands Ready to Respond

by Mike Martz on November 4, 2011

One of the critical services broadcast stations provide is emergency alerts.  KYUK, like all other full power radio and television stations in the United States, is required by law to participate in the Emergency Alert System or EAS.  KYUK is the primary EAS station for Bethel and the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta region.

In the event of a natural or man made disaster, KYUK will broadcast a special announcement originating from state or federal emergency management agencies.  This message will contain vital information on how we should respond to the emergency situation.

KYUK, like all other broadcasters, is required to conduct weekly and monthly tests of our EAS system.  You may be familiar with the alert tone and test announcement that periodically interrupts programming on radio or TV.

Due to the extremely strong winter storm that hit the western Alaska coastline Tuesday night November 8th and Wednesday November 9th, Alaska has been exempted from the nation wide test of the Emergency Alert System on Wednesday the 9th.  For the rest of the country, this is the first test of the system in every state at the same time.

Although this test will not occur in Alaska,  KYUK was fully prepared to participate in this important event designed to ensure the proper operation of our country’s disaster preparedness system.   We participated in a successful statewide emergency alert test two years ago and  we stand ready to alert our region in the event of an actual emergency.

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