WDRB News (Louisville, Ky.). 2011--excerpts


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WDRB News (Louisville, Ky.). 2011--excerpts
Summary: "Turmoil hit a Louisville neighborhood on the evening of March 21, 2011. Black smoke poured from a chemical plant after an explosion and fire. Emergency responders scrambled, and residents wondered if the air was safe to breathe. The citywide alert system meant to warn of any emergencies remained silent. Many people called 911 asking what to do. Dispatchers were so confused they had no idea what to tell them. Many of those residents called WDRB for answers. We vowed to get them.

"It wasn't the first time Louisville's emergency warning system failed. When a tornado warning was issued just four weeks earlier, the alert system never sounded. WDRB demanded answers from the city on why there were so many communication problems. We obtained radio transmissions, which detailed just how confused police, firefighters, and EMS were during the chemical explosion. We sat down with the head of MetroSafe, the agency in charge of alerting residents to danger, to find out what needed to change. We tracked down where the failures happened, and followed it through until the city launched a new emergency response system called CODE RED.

"This coverage is evidence of WDRB's commitment to journalism. Other stations covered these events as they happened, but we investigated to find out why they happened. Our investigations uncovered what went wrong and WDRB followed it through to the end. Our coverage led to citywide changes that exist today. That is the true power of journalism."--2011 Peabody Awards entry form.

Corporate Producers: WDRB (Television station : Louisville, Ky.)

Persons Appearing: Bennett Haeberle | Katie Delaune

Broadcast Date: March 21, 2011