Hurricanes show need for radio-enabled smartphones

During my career in emergency management – including nearly eight years as head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency – I consistently witnessed local broadcasting’s public safety role during times of emergency. As demonstrated Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, local governments and public safety officials rely on broadcast radio and TV to let the public know what is happening on the ground during a disaster.

That is why I am puzzled by the debate over Apple’s reluctance to equip its iPhones with FM radio reception capability.

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