Hawaii: FEMA unveils new emergency-hardened broadcast studio

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FEMA & KHKA Unveil New Emergency Broadcast Facilities to Improve
Emergency Broadcast Capabilities

KHKA, Honolulu, HI


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and KHKA, CBS 1500,
unveiled Hawaii’s first Primary Entry Point (PEP) emergency broadcast
facility today. The KHKA facility, located at Kahauiki Village, joins
FEMA’s National Public Warning System (NPWS), which provides critical
information to the public before, during, and after emergency incidents
and disasters.

The NPWS emergency broadcast facility, part of the Integrated Public
Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), includes improved operational
capabilities for up to two months, expanded broadcast capacity,
emergency power generation, and other resilient protective measures for
all types of hazardous events, increasing KHKA’s ability to continue
broadcasting during emergencies.

In the event of a disaster, trained staff can operate the emergency
facilities for several weeks to keep KHKA on air to broadcast messages
from the local, state, and federal governments, as well as community

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FEMA Unveils Disaster-Resistant Broadcast Studio in Hawaii
KHNL-TV Honolulu, HI


As the official start of hurricane season approaches on June 1, federal
and local emergency officials introduced a critical tool Wednesday to
keep the public informed in the event of a disaster.
FEMA unveiled a brand new emergency broadcast radio studio that sits on
the grounds of Kahauiki village near Keehi Lagoon.

The facility features a full media setup designed to keep transmitting
communications through any type of threat.
“Everything from tsunamis to earthquakes to tornadoes to hurricanes,”
said FEMA national public warning system manager Manny Centeno.

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Prepared for Anything: Hawaii’s Emergency Broadcast Studio
KHON-TV Honolulu, HI


A new facility on Oahu is already relaying information to help recovery
efforts in Guam, even though Hawaii is almost 4,000 miles away.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency gave a tour of their new
emergency broadcast studio on Wednesday, May 24; but the hope is that
locals never need to use it.

The footprint of the studio itself is small, but it is quite a tank. It
is engineered to keep broadcasting before, during and after natural
emergencies like hurricanes and tsunamis. The station is even made to
withstand man-made catastrophes.

“This thing is designed to protect against high-altitude electromagnetic
pulse, EMP. So, this is EMP protected. it is also chemical, biological,
radiological and nuclear protected,” said FEMA National Public Warning
System project manager Manny Centeno.

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7 thoughts on “Hawaii: FEMA unveils new emergency-hardened broadcast studio

  1. Dennis K2DCD

    Sadly if the Car/Truck industry wins and eliminates AM Radio from vehicles, the initial warnings that people would hear may very well go missed. The second question if I was emergency management leadership in the State would be what is the ownership percentage of AM radios in the homes?
    Are preparedness messages targeted to listen to AM 1500? I’d venture to say it’s low and AM radio is listened to mostly in cars except for specific stations that broadcast particular programs or to specific groups of people.

    KHKA has an interesting daytime coverage area
    All except the big island of Hawaii.
    They also have a low power FM signal in Honolulu.

    Support AM radio people and spread the word:

  2. mangosman

    From the photos the transmitter is https://www.nautel.com/content/user_files/2020/05/NX10-spec-sheet-1.pdf which is a 10 kW AM transmitter operating at 1500 kHz. The mast is the type used for AM rather than FM.
    https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/21%C2%B019'54.6%22N+157%C2%B053'27.1%22W/@21.3320006,-157.8914549,17z/data=!4m4!3m3!8m2!3d21.3318361!4d-157.8908667?entry=ttu is the transmitter location. Hawaiian’s would know if this is a volcanic location.
    Will the mast survive a tornado?

  3. Kris Partridge

    Well that’s the studio.
    What is the transmission, AM on the MF broadcast band, FM on the VHF Band II or what ?
    How protected are those tramsmitters and antennas ?

    1. Dennis K2DCD

      Yes I’d like to know about the reinforcements to the AM Antennas…which a hardened studio won’t help…


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