During an emergency when the power is out and when critical and timely information must get out to the general public, the County Office of Emergency Management will utilize satellite equipment to regularly communicate with designated County radio stations that have generators and can continue to broadcast. These stations will transmit this information over their airways in English or Spanish.
Which Stations are Part of the Radio Ready System?
- KTMS 990 AM
- KTYD 99.99 FM
- KLITE 101.7 FM
- KCSB 91.9 FM - LISTEN
- KFYZ 94.5 FM
- KSPE 1490 AM SPANISH
- KIST 107.7 FM SPANISH
- Santa Maria KUHL 1440 AM - LISTEN
- Santa Ynez KRAZ 105.9 FM - LISTEN
Are You Radio Ready?
Every household should have a hand-crank or battery-operated radio in their emergency “Ready Kits.” A hand crank radio is preferable, but if you already own a battery-operated radio, don’t forget to include extra batteries in your emergency ready kit. Even if other forms of communication (such as your television or computer) are inoperable, a hand-crank or battery radio is the most dependable and transportable way to get information. These types of radios usually have a flashlight, cell phone charger and solar cell, and you can easily carry it with you as you respond to an emergency. Hand-crank radios are available on-line (browser search keywords “emergency crank radio”) or can usually be found in electronics, outdoors, and hunting and camping stores.