Broadcast media outlets play a very important role in sharing information with the public after significant emergencies and disasters. Emergency news coverage is often available via television, radio, cable operators, satellite television and satellite radio broadcasts.

When creating your emergency plan before an emergency or disaster occurs, identify the media sources available near you so you can quickly access them when needed. Plan for multiple ways to access broadcast media information in case your primary method is not possible due to power outage, evacuation, etc. Battery powered AM/FM radios are always a great backup option as they are often portable and do not rely on the same infrastructure (power or cell service) as other options. Also remember that your car radio can also be used to listen to emergency broadcasts.

In addition to receiving emergency information via media sources, be sure that you are also prepared to receive Emergency Alerts from authorities. It is a best practice to register for alerts where you live, work and visit frequently. Visit the Emergency Notification page for information on the various emergency notification methods available and to register for the Alert LA County mass notification system. You will also find information on emergency alert systems utilized by the 88 cities within Los Angles County.

Microphones at a podium before a media event.

Quick Tip: Get ready to access non-digital information after a disaster. 

Explore your neighborhood and note locations where you might find non-digital information after a disaster.  Be sure to include the location of your nearest County or City Public Library.

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