BAI activates emergency broadcast protocols

Emergency instructions were sent to BAI licenced stations late on Sunday evening ahead of Storm Ophelia arriving.

All stations were instructed to broadcast an emergency Government message every 15 minutes overnight till 6am whilst in automated programmes. Hourly live news bulletins were also keeping listeners up-to-date with any new information. Live stations kept their listeners updated through the night.

Here’s how the message sounded on Radio Nova, read by journalist and presenter Teena Gates:

Today, radio stations across the country are going above and beyond with extra coverage of the storm in light of the Red Weather Warning. Most stations are allowing staff to work from home, with some closing offices altogether with the exception of essential broadcast staff.

Schools, supermarkets, department stores, banks and more are closed across the country whilst there are reduced services on public transport. Planes, buses and trams are all cutting services with Luas suspending all services till Tuesday morning.

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