FEMA, Bonneville To Inaugurate New Emergency Broadcast Studio


SEATTLE — FEMA and Bonneville International Corp.‘s Seattle radio stations are preparing to unveil an “all-hazards upgrade” to what is considered to be the “Primary Entry Point” facility at one of the market’s leading spoken word radio stations.

Bonneville News/Talker KIRO-AM will light up its PEP Transmitter site on Friday (11/19).

The modernization to the emergency studio increases KIRO-AM’s resiliency to continue broadcasting under all conditions, including natural disasters and acts of terrorism.

The facility is one of 77 across the country that serve as a National Public Warning System Primary Entry Point (PEP) station, participating with FEMA to provide emergency alert and warning information to the public before, during and after incidents and disasters.

KIRO-AM is the 14th station in the country to work with FEMA to complete the all-hazards
upgrade, which includes increased sheltering capabilities, expanded broadcast capacity, and
sustainable power generation for all types of hazardous events.

Friday’s event, which begins at 11am Pacific, includes official remarks, a Q&A session, a tour of the facility, and live demonstration at the KIRO-AM PEP station emergency studio.

Bonneville International President Darrell Brown will be joined by local dignitaries and staff at the event.