Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
It was a Memorial Day weekend that required 5,000 sandbags, and KLGT-FM and KBBS-AM in Buffalo, Wyo., broke from their format from evening to early morning to bring listeners continual information on the high waters and flooding. Through the stations, the county commissioner’s office, city planner and fire department got crucial flood warnings to the community. “They were instrumental in keeping the community advised,” said Fire Chief Wes Johnson. Additional staff came into the studio to help answer the deluge of calls from those needing aid. Listeners tuned in to the two stations knew where sandbag trucks making deliveries throughout the community were going to be at any given time. The stations kept contact with emergency responders to keep information up-to-date. “We coordinated with the fire chief all night,” said KLGT’s Smokey Wildeman. “It is really crucial to have the right information.”
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