New program to help during storm season being tested

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - Hurricane season starts Saturday, and the National Association of Broadcasters is testing a program to help emergency officials stay informed.

On Friday morning, the NAB is hosting an event at Florida International University. During the event, the NAB and Dyle TV will give out 100 mobile TV devices to the Florida Division of Emergency Management. The devices will be used throughout the 2013 hurricane season.

The mobile TV device plugs into iPhones and iPads and works as an antenna. During a storm, when the power is out and Internet isn't available, users will be able to access participating local TV affiliates. The technology is already available for consumers.

In West Palm Beach, both WPTV and WFLX participate in the service. So during a storm, residents in our viewing area could stay up to date with the latest storm coverage being broadcast on those affiliates. If you're in another city, the device will find the nearest affiliate that works with the program.

For more on the device, and where you can purchase one, visit

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