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Director Cohen and Supervisor Teschky show one of the many signs recently posted along roadways. Twenty-four signs in all were placed, announcing the station.
 
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Maine Township Illinois Emergency Management December 2011
Chicago-Land Emergency Manager Prepares for Next 'Big One'
Just what is the "Big One" in a mid-western metropolitan area like Park Ridge, Illinois? Flooding? Tornado? Power Outage? Snowstorm? Public Health Emergency?

Whatever it is, Bob Cohen is getting prepared. As Maine Township's emergency manager and director of the area's Medical Reserve Corps, Bob has begun proactively reaching out to citizens using a portable broadcast radio station named "RadioSTAT."

States Cohen. "When we did the demo for our partner [agencies] as well as our Board of Trustees, there was resounding applause for the capabilities of the unit. We did reach a five-mile radius, and it may have even gone farther.....exceeding our expectations,"

Writer Dick Barton from the Chicago Tribune showed up at the meeting and filed this story.

Cohen points out that the local police and fire department have many potential uses for the system and adds that his initial broadcasts, have had an unintended benefit. "We have had six new volunteers sign up for our programs, and the Neighborhood Watch meetings have increased in attendance as well".

See more about RadioSTAT stations here.

Additional applications include . . . 
  • Public health departments.
  • Hospitals.
  • RACs.
  • MRCs (examples at this web link).
  • Wildfire information.
  • Highway/HAZMAT incidents.
  • Public events.

Contact Bob Cohen, Director of Maine Township Regional MRC & OEM, Park Ridge, Illinois, phone 847.337.1423.

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Information Radio Stations is a generic term synonymous with Travelers Information Stations (TIS), Highway Advisory Radio Stations (HAR) / Highway Information Systems & Low Power Radio Stations (LPR). Operation of the stations is governed by FCC Part 90.242 Rules. A FCC license is required. Information Radio Stations may be fixed or portable. Subcomponents may include transmitter, antenna and ground system, digital voice player, wattmeter, cabinet with conventional or Corbin locks, lightning arrestors for RF, power and telephone lines, coaxial cable. Most stations employ black maximized antennas to discourage ice accumulation and security measures to prevent unauthorized program access. Options include synchronization, battery backup, solar power, remote programming by local, network or telco, multi-station audio distribution via RF or LAN / WAN or wireless network.