Continuity of Broadcast Materials
For documents providing a framework and best-practices for developing a solid Continuity of Broadcast Operations (COBO) plan for companies, clusters or single stations to be prepared for major disasters. Mass media plays a critical role both in the pre-disaster preparation and warning phase, as well as during and after the emergency. However, at times, broadcasters are directly affected by these disasters.
|Continuity of Broadcast Operations - Every Station Should Have a Plan|
How quickly a broadcast station can return to the air after a terrorist attack, tornado, hurricane, fire or flood often depends on emergency planning done today. The lessons of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks demonstrate the importance of being prepared. When it is also considered that the number of declared major disasters nearly doubled in the 1990’s compared to the previous decade, preparedness becomes an even more critical issue. Though each situation is unique, any station can be better prepared if it plans carefully, puts emergency procedures in place, and practices for all kinds of emergencies.