In times of crisis, Australians rely on ABC emergency broadcasts.
In a survey conducted after the 2020 bushfires in NSW, 60% of respondents said information provided by the ABC helped ensure their safety. About half of those surveyed relied upon the ABC as their main source of information during the crisis.
“A few people always ask ‘why are you doing this?’ because of course people can just look up the information on the emergency services sites.
“The first answer is … people lose power and mobile phone coverage and the only thing you’ve got left is a battery-operated transistor radio or a radio in the car.
“And the second answer is that people can share information. It’s a really good spot for people to share information which they have very actively been doing.”
- Richard Glover, ABC presenter
Between 2017 and 2020 the need for emergency broadcasts more than doubled, but funding during this period went backwards.
The ABC is the only network able to deliver this critical service. It must be properly funded to do the job.
"Just emerged from days of hell on sth coast, cannot believe attacks on ABC, It is the ONLY reliable source of info, everyone is tuned in, its real time broadcasting is saving lives, property and helping us understand our situation re fire threats, roads, petrol, food etc".
- Phillip Coorey (@PhillipCoorey) January 3, 2020