Truckee radio station to broadcast emergency information
By next winter, and possibly for summer fire season, locals and visitors may be able to tune their radios to 101.5 KTKE for important information on severe weather and fires, say town and assistant for the town and leader of the workshop.
Many in the restaurant and hotel businesses told stories of visitors stuck in Truckee during the road closures, without a place radio officials. The town and KTKE are planning to transfer equipment that allows the town to override programming to KTKE in order to reach listeners during a weather event on the local station. The equipment, owned by the town, is currently used by KUNR 88.7.
More than 50 people attended a storm workshop at the Truckee Town Hall Tuesday to review what service industries and businesses can do to help visitors during road closures. Many at the meeting complained about the lack of communication that worsened already frustrating travel conditions.
“Communication is always an issue in these events. It is always the hardest,” said Tamara Blanton, administrative to go. Many remained in local businesses long after closing hours.
While the town distributes pamphlets with important winter information and urges people with safety concerns during road closures to call police and sheriff dispatch numbers, a program that allows accurate weather and road information to override KTKE’s usual broadcast is a solution to the communication problem that many residents feel is only logical.
Town Manager Stephen Wright said the process, which includes getting approval from the Federal Communications Commission, could take three to six months.
“Hopefully we might have it in place for the fire season, but no one should anticipate it being up for this winter season,” Wright said.