The County’s AM Alert radio system can provide instant information during emergencies, such as Amber Alerts, school incidents, flash flooding, hazardous material spills, hurricanes and tornadoes, as well as terrorist threats.
The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management operates a low-power AM station to broadcast emergency alerts to travelers passing through Fort Bend County.
You can now listen to this audio stream anytime, anywhere, live over the internet. Click below to listen, or visit our AM Alert page to learn more, including direct links to the audio stream.
You can also tune in to the stream from any connected device using one of the following links:
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The AM Alert Broadcast
The system, funded by a $292,500 federal grant, has its control tower set up at the county’s emergency management office in Richmond and radio frequency repeating equipment installed at 10 locations countywide so that signals can be picked up by AM radios throughout the county. Signs about the AM radio alert system are installed along major roadways throughout the county such as Texas 6 and Texas 36, with lights flashing at the signs indicating an active alert.
When there isn’t an emergency, the AM Alert radio system operates 24-hour each day and broadcasts local weather information fed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service.
“As a result of Hurricane Rita, there was gridlock along the evacuation routes. Vehicles extended from our south to north borders, caused by backups in the preceding coastal counties, as people tried to leave.”
– Jeff Braun, OEM
Immediately north of Brazoria and Galveston Counties, and along evacuation routes, Fort Bend County is considered a “pass through county” for individuals fleeing areas susceptible to high water and wind.
“We immediately activated the AM Alert radio System during Hurricane Ike to help travelers find evacuation routes and get up-to-the-minute weather advisories.”