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Three new emergency broadcasters on board for summer

1 December 2016

Three new community radio stations have signed on as emergency broadcasters today expanding the network to include 62 stations across Victoria.

Emergency broadcasters play a critical role in providing the community with information during emergencies to help them to make the important decisions about their personal safety.

Gippsland FM, 3MGB and Light FM are the latest community radio stations to become emergency broadcasters. Victoria’s broadcast network pool includes ABC local radio, Sky TV, 10 community stations and 50 commercial radio stations.

The three stations broadcast into the communities of Melbourne metropolitan, Central Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley, Mallacoota, Gypsy Point and Genoa.

The Victorian government has formal arrangements in place with media outlets to broadcast out emergency warnings and information to the community.

Emergency broadcasters must meet a range of criteria before qualifying for this role and are required to undertake training.

Emergency broadcasters are required to interrupt normal programming to announce emergency warnings and provide timely and consistent information updates.

Victoria has an integrated warnings system to provide the community with access to timely information for a number of emergencies across multiple channels.

In addition to the 62 emergency broadcasters, this includes the Vic Emergency website, the VicEmergency app and social media channels as well as the VicEmergency Hotline 1800 226 226 and the telephone-based Emergency Alert system.

Victorians are reminded to know how to stay informed and to never rely on one source for emergency information.