The City of Kent is one of a few communities in our region that uses a combination of sirens and a radio broadcast for public information during an emergency. The siren is tested every week and it’s working fine but when we flipped the switch on the radio broadcast a couple of weeks ago we discovered a problem. Since then we’ve had technicians in to try to figure out what’s wrong. Everyone acknowledges the system is not functioning right but so far no one has been able to definitively diagnose the source of the problem. There’s speculation that it was struck by lightning or it may just be the fact that it’s been running 24-7 for 12 years. Either way we’ve got to get it back on-line asap. Here’s the notice that we sent out to the press yesterday advising them that the radio service is temporarily out of order and explaining what we’ll do in the event of an emergency in the interim.
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The radio system will not be transmitting during the period that this equipment is out of service. That means that there will be no explanatory messages broadcast when the emergency sirens are activated. When sirens are activated, it is recommended that residents tune to commercial broadcast stations to attempt to get further information. Please remember if the weather conditions look dangerous and the sirens are activated, please respond with the proper safety steps to protect yourself and your family.
In the event of extended serious hazard conditions, police and/or fire personnel will be deployed to the neighborhoods to relay critical information by loudspeaker, and to provide further assistance and direction.
Emergency AM broadcast radio Since late August A problem has developed with the city’s AM emergency broadcast radio, which normally operates on frequency 1620 AM. Initially suspected as a problem with the phone used to activate the various messages, the line interference was checked to no avail. The radio unit itself was tested by our repair technician, who tested the memory and programming equipment. After conferring with the manufacturer, it was determined that the system may have suffered a lightning strike, such that it would cause the background noise and the complications with the recording system. The recorder and the transmitter are being sent to the manufacturer in Zeeland, Michigan, for further testing and repair.
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As information becomes available William Lillich, Safety Director