FPBS member stations are a critical link in the state’s Emergency Management Network during a crisis. Through our statewide communications network and its unique infrastructure, our stations provide key safety and evacuation information updates to residents during hurricanes and other natural disasters. We are equipped and prepared to stay on-air during times of crisis.
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN) is a collaboration of 13 public radio stations that provide pertinent information to 99% of Florida’s population during statewide emergencies. The FPREN network is equipped to remain on-air during hurricanes and other natural disasters, and provides live coverage statewide of breaking news from the Governor’s EOC Headquarters in Tallahassee via broadcast and mobile apps. It also delivers local and regional information during emergencies and is part of the national Emergency Alert System (EAS).
FPBS’s statewide infrastructure ensures easy access to information as listeners travel through the state during emergencies. All public FM dial locations are located between 88MHz and 92MHz, and evacuation signage along state evacuation routes identify public radio stations in the area.
FPREN STORM CENTER
The FPREN Storm Center provides localized hurricane, tropical storm, and other severe weather information and serves the visually impaired.
The University of Florida’s Division of Multimedia Services was selected by the Florida Association of Emergency Preparedness (FEPA) to receive the FEPA 2015 Media Award for the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN) on February 12, 2015 in Orlando. Florida public radio stations joined forces with the Florida Division of Emergency Management to form the statewide Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN) to disseminate critical emergency information statewide to listeners through a seamless system of free, over-the-air FM radio, digital media technologies, mobile devices, and included the FPREN Storm Center operated by the University of Florida’s WUFT-FM providing local 24/7 weather, data, and storm updates.
The Florida Channel
During hurricane season and other states of emergency, The Florida Channel broadcasts live coverage of briefings from the Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.
All programming televised by The Florida Channel is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.