As California wildfires raged, XM Satellite Radio aired news updates and public safety information nationwide on its free, 24-hour radio Emergency Alert channel.
Several traditional radio sources were part of the XM content.
The channel aired live reports from news stations KOGO(AM), San Diego and KFI(AM), Los Angeles, information from the Red Cross and AP Radio, and eyewitness accounts.
The company said anyone with an XM receiver can tune into the Emergency Alert channel, including non-subscribers. For instance, those who have an XM radio in their car but do not subscribe can listen to the Emergency Alert channel, XM 247.
Additionally, XM provided updated traffic information, evacuation routes and weather conditions for each metropolitan area on its 24-hour traffic and weather channels for Los Angeles and San Diego.