Goto Section: 74.19 | 74.22 | Table of Contents
Revised as of September 1, 2021
Goto Year:2020 |
§ 74.21 Broadcasting emergency information.
(a) In an emergency where normal communication facilities have been
disrupted or destroyed by storms, floods or other disasters, the
stations licensed under this part may be operated for the purpose of
transmitting essential communications intended to alleviate distress,
dispatch aid, assist in rescue operations, maintain order, or otherwise
promote the safety of life and property. In the course of such
operation, a station of any class may communicate with stations of
other classes and in other services. However, such operation shall be
conducted only on the frequency or frequencies for which the station is
licensed and the used power shall not exceed the maximum authorized in
the station license. When such operation involves the use of
frequencies shared with other stations, licensees are expected to
cooperate fully to avoid unnecessary or disruptive interference.
(b) Whenever such operation involves communications of a nature other
than those for which the station is licensed to perform, the licensee
shall, at the earliest practicable time, notify the FCC in Washington,
DC of the nature of the emergency and the use to which the station is
being put and shall subsequently notify the same offices when the
emergency operation has been terminated.
(c) Emergency operation undertaken pursuant to the provisions of this
section shall be discontinued as soon as substantially normal
communications facilities have been restored. The Commission may at any
time order discontinuance of such operation.
(Secs. 4, 5, 303, 48 Stat., as amended, 1066, 1068, 1082 (47 U.S.C.
154, 155, 303))
[ 28 FR 13706 , Dec. 14, 1963, as amended at 37 FR 25843 , Dec. 5, 1972;
44 FR 65765 , Nov. 15, 1979; 47 FR 40175 , Sept. 13, 1982]
Goto Section: 74.19 | 74.22
Goto Year: 2020 |
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