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XM Unveils Public Safety Channel

XM Unveils Public Safety Channel

XM Satellite Radio now has a Public Safety Channel, XM Emergency Alert (XM Channel 247). The satcaster says on the new channel it will provide updated
information before, during and after natural disasters, weather emergencies
and other hazardous incidents to listeners nationwide.
Information such as evacuation routes, shelter locations and updated weather emergency information for impacted areas will be part of the content. XM Emergency Alert provides data from a variety of national and local government sources, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, American Red Cross, local police and fire departments and eyewitness reports.
XM President/CEO Hugh Panero says XM is especially pleased to provide the new channel during this busy hurricane season.
“We’re using advanced technology to give listeners the information they need, when they need it, particularly when local television and radio broadcasts may not be available.”
The satcaster also offers weather information on its 21 traffic and weather channels in its basic service.