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James City County, City of Williamsburg partner with WMBG AM 740 during emergencies

Date: July 18, 2005

Williamsburg Fire Chief T.K. Weiler, James City's Acting Fire Chief Tal Luton and WMBG's Greg Granger test radio station's emergency broadcast system.

Contact: Ruth Richey, Communications Specialist

Phone: (757) 253-6864


The City of Williamsburg and James City County have reached an agreement with WMBG AM 740 to offer local emergency broadcasts, particularly during extended power outages.


This will allow local residents the opportunity to tune in during specific times to receive information from City and County officials during emergencies or disasters. This information will also be posted on the local government web sites and cable television Channel 48.


"The partnership between the City, James City County, and WMBG AM 740 will ensure that updated emergency information will be provided to citizens in a timely manner during extended power outages. This partnership is another example of how a regional approach was undertaken to solve a common challenge," said Williamsburg Police Chief Mike Yost.


"Emergency information about our localities often receives less attention from the local broadcast news media, which are covering larger, surrounding cities. County and City residents will now be assured that they will receive pertinent emergency updates and information from their respective emergency management providers," said James City's Acting Fire Chief Tal Luton. "This is also another example of lessons learned from past events such as Hurricane Isabel when battery operated radios became a critical source of local news."


Greg Granger, owner of WMBG AM 740, said his radio station has been supporting community efforts since 1958. "The new partnership ensures that in times of emergency the public will have one central source, WMBG AM 740, to turn to for vital information specifically pertaining to our community and our neighborhoods. We are very proud of this relationship and expect it to benefit our many listeners, the County, the City and the entire community for years to come."


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