A Win for CJMP!

CJMP90.1FM applied for and successfully secured a Community Gaming Grant to enhance our current emergency broadcasting capability!! Of the $50,500 in funding earmarked for four non-profit organizations in Powell River, the Powell River Radio Community Society received $10,800.

This will cover a portion of our operating costs specific to our Emergency Broadcast Services Program in order to guarantee uptime during extended power outages for the next year. We are also adding remote broadcasting access to our FM signal for emergency personnel. 

Since 2016, this program has offered automated emergency messaging to the local Powell River municipality. In 2017, we increased our transmitter power and signal strength (remember our ‘Top the Tower’ campaign?) to extend FM coverage and the Emergency Broadcast Services Program to the whole of Powell River and surrounding areas.

Running in the background, the Emergency Broadcast Services Program offers an automated way to interrupt and bypass local programming with a warning signal followed by the actual emergency message specific to our broadcast area, repeated multiple times.

With the station’s in-studio soundboard and microphones, CJMP programmers can manually interrupt a scheduled broadcast to communicate follow-up messages or directions to the public in times of major local emergencies.

The Emergency Broadcasting Services Program benefits the whole municipality of Powell River, the qathet Regional District and the local Tla’amin First Nation. The population of the program’s coverage is nearing 20,000 people.

To find out more please contact Don Mitchinson don(dot)mitchinson(at)gmail(dot)com.

Leeanne Barr

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