26. WLW IPAWS Facility

Greetings again from Clark County, celebrating its bicentennial this year.

The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, or IPAWS, facility at the WLW 700 kHz transmitter site in Mason, Ohio recently received a million dollar upgrade using FEMA and iHeart Media funds.  The upgrade reinforces the transmitter building, protecting it from electromagnetic pulse weapons and adding to its electrical generator capacity.  Reportedly, the upgrade also includes food and water supplies for months, making the site self-contained for broadcast staff assigned there during national emergencies.  WLW is one of 77 National Public Warning System Primary Entry Points, and is the second of these to receive this upgrade.

On an unrelated FEMA note, anyone planning to participate in the FEMA weekly webinars previously mentioned on this net should check in about a half hour before their first webinar.  Some Adobe software must be installed to participate, and I also found it necessary to restart my computer to complete that install.  While on that subject, here is a reminder that next Wednesday’s webinar will concern American Red Cross Disaster Services.