Staying in Place: Mt Baker Hub Studio

Emergency Community Radio

Nathan Stueve

M. Urban Planning

Seattle’s half dozen low-power FM (LPFM) radio stations, including KVRU 105.7 in Mount Baker, provide neighborhoods with “hyperlocal,” community-centered programming, focusing on local arts, history, culture, and events. LPFM stations can play a valuable role in disaster situations, notifying residents about emergency resources, potential hazards, and other vital information. The Seattle Office of Emergency Management has designated numerous “hubs” throughout the city, where self-organized volunteers can gather to exchange information, supplies, and assistance during disaster situations. They also serve as communications outposts where the effects of local emergencies can be reported to city agencies. Of the 68 hubs in Seattle, 31 are located within KVRU’s broadcast radius.

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