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New FM radio emergency alert system in place

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BATON ROUGE - State emergency officials scheduled a demonstration today of a new emergency alert system which uses FM radios to let the public know about disasters.

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said the state recently finished installing the ALERT FM system in all 64 parishes and 42 colleges and universities around Louisiana. The system would carry emergency messages during disasters and emergencies, including Amber Alerts for abducted children and evacuation notices.

"We can target parishes if the governor wants to send a particular message or we at GOHSEP or State Police, or we can do a state wide message to everyone that has the app on their phone, or FM receiver," said Kevin Davis, Director of GOHSEP.

The app allows you to customize what alerts you receive for each parish, so you can keep track of family, friends and property across the state.

"We all have multiple parishes so we cover the entire state, but it's EAS messaging to your smart phone," said Chris Guilbeaux, Asst. Deputy Director at GOHSEP.

The public can purchase an ALERT FM receiver, or download a free ALERT FM app for Apple and Android devices. For more information on the system, visit their website.

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