These emergency plans were tested during the busy 2004 hurricane season when two hurricanes, Frances and Jeanne, hit the Treasure Coast within 21 days of each other. WQCS received many awards for the efforts, including the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation Friend-in-Need Award for its service to the community.
The station played a significant role in working with the State of Florida and public radio statewide to post station frequency information on evacuation signs statewide and the creation of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network in 2014. The stations assist motorists with current traffic and weather information from the FPREN weather center while evacuating to safe locations.
WQCS is frequently awarded honors by the Associated Press, Radio Television Digital News Association, and other organizations for distinguished news and information service to the region.
Florida Public Radio Stations
are committed to providing information to travelers and evacuees during emergency evacuations.
Tune to Florida Public Radio Emergency Stations as you travel:
Fort Myers / WGCU / 90.1 FM
Fort Pierce / WQCS / 88.9 FM
Gainesville / WUFT / 89.1 FM
Jacksonville / WJCT / 89.9 FM
Melbourne / WFIT / 89.5 FM
Miami / WLRN / 91.3 FM
Orlando / WMFE / 90.7 FM
Palm Beach / WPBI / 90.7 FM
Panama City / WKGC / 90.7 FM
Pensacola / WUWF / 88.1 FM
Tallahassee / WFSU / 88.9 FM
Tampa / WUSF / 89.7 FM
WQCS Serves Its Communities . . . In Times of Emergency
As the state-designated Emergency Alert System and public radio station, WQCS/88.9 FM serves its communities in times of emergency, whether it’s tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, or the possibility of a nuclear accident at the St. Lucie power plant.
For over 30 years, WQCS has planned for emergency operations for the station and its staff, and continues to upgrade its transmission equipment, antennas and other technology in order to provide its listeners uninterrupted service during storms and other natural disasters. WQCS has a back-up power supply, a powerful antenna and up to eight days of expanded fuel storage capabilities as a means of serving its communities 24 hours a day.
Our services include weather updates, public service announcements from businesses, education, and government, openings and closings, shelter information, transportation and evacuation routes for I-95, Florida’s Turnpike, U.S. 1 or alternate routes.
In conjunction with the local Emergency Operations Centers, WQCS installed new secure communication links in 2014. Agreements with emergency officials from St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties allow WQCS to broadcast at specific times each day for each county, plus the City of Port St. Lucie, during emergency periods.
This type of scheduling allows listeners to know when their individual county updates will be broadcast. Residents without electric power can save their batteries while tuning in at the designated times for their county information. Following is a list of briefing times when the Emergency Operations Center will provide individual community information.
7AM, 11AM, 6PM
St. Lucie County
8AM, NOON, 5PM
Port St. Lucie
8:30AM, 12:30PM, 5:30PM
9AM, 1PM, 6:30PM
Indian River County
Before, during and after the storms, contact your local public radio station with information for the public, whether its openings/closings; distribution locations for food, water and ice; or government instructions for traffic, road closings and more. Contact the station by email or phone:
Public Service Announcements
News@wqcs.org – NEWS ONLY
1-888-286-8936 – Toll Free Number
WQCS provides emergency information on www.wqcs.org, and streams audio for out-of-area residents to monitor each weather or disaster situation. WQCS is easily available for streaming on your smart phone through various apps, such
as the NPR app, or you can follow us on
In addition to local EOCs, WQCS partners with several local organizations and fellow broadcast services to better serve its listeners, including area amateur radio operators.
WQCS and WPTV, the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, are on-air partners, offering storm news coverage as needed.
WQCS shares contact information with all city and county governments, area hospitals non-profit organizations, such as Red Cross chapters, special needs shelters, schools, businesses and public agencies.