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Marco Island Installs Emergency Radio Station

Marco Island Installs Emergency Radio Station
You may not listen to radio anymore, especially AM radio. But a new radio station on Marco Island might save your life. Literally. The island just finished installing a $23,000 AM radio system.
1:32 PM, Sep 12, 2018

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Chloe Nordquist

You may not listen to radio anymore, especially AM radio. But a new radio station on Marco Island might save your life. Literally.

“Set a button on your car radio to 1690 AM so you can find this channel fast when you need to know what is happening,” Dave Baer said, who is the police captain in Marco Island.

The island just finished installing a $23,000 AM radio system.

When Hurricane Irma slammed into Marco Island last year, it knocked out electrical power, internet and cell phone towers.

“We were left with literally going door to door in a neighborhood, using PA systems in police cars and putting up posters,” Captain Baer said.

Now you just need a battery operated AM radio you can tune into 1690 AM. Check it in your car as well during emergencies to get the most up to date information.

The connection should be adequate in all places, ranging from the popular tourist area at Marco Island's Tigertail Beach to the Goodland boarder on its eastern portion.

But, you will need a battery operated radio.

“Spend $10 at Walmart or Amazon or whatever store you want to shop at and buy one of those,” Captain Baer said. “Having a radio takes literally the size of a soup can. You can put that in your emergency box, have a couple batteries in there and you’ll be ready.”

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