China opens national emergency broadcast center
BEIJING, Dec 03, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
A national emergency broadcast center
opened in China on Tuesday as the country speeds up the construction
of a nationwide radio network that will spread rescue and relief
information in disaster-hit regions.
A radio broadcast is a common method to spread emergency
information in disaster-ravaged regions because of its fast
transmission, wide coverage, convenient reception and low electricity
costs, said a statement of the State General Administration of Press,
Publication, Radio, Film and Television. The administration is
overseeing the project.
There is no system in place to ensure people in disaster-hit areas
have access to essential information like warnings, or news about
relief materials and reconstruction.
Under the China National Radio (CNR), the China National Emergency
Broadcasting Center is responsible for setting up an emergency
broadcast system and building a radio network that links central
authorities to grassroots offices.
The plan, which will be an important measure for coping with
disasters, was inspired by a similar but smaller-scale radio network
set up after a fatal 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan in southwest
China's Sichuan Province on April 20.
The radio service, jointly initiated by CNR and local radio and TV
stations, broadcast government relief measures and secondary disaster
warnings to disaster-affected people via loudspeakers, AM radio
frequencies and satellite facilities between April 22 and May 23.
The network, which is being jointly built by the administration,
CNR and other departments, is expected to be fully up and running by
the end of 2015.
Also on Tuesday, the center's official website started operation,
releasing latest data on disasters across the country and providing
online rescue and relief guidance.
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