As a nationally recognized leader in emergency communications, the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN) delivers timely public safety information and emergency messaging to public radio and television stations across the state of Florida.
A collective of 13 public-radio stations that reach 99% of Florida’s population, FPREN stays on-air during public safety emergencies to broadcast real-time updates. Headquartered at WUFT-FM/TV on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, FPREN and its broad network of local public media stations provide critical severe weather, safety, and evacuation information to assist in protecting residents during storms, hurricanes and other emergency events.
FPREN operates from a state-of-the-art Storm Center at the UF College of Journalism and Communications. FPREN’s staff of meteorologists and content producers create content 24/7 for all media platforms and feeds programming live and in preproduced form to public media stations and their online platforms for distribution under the local brand. Content includes live social media updates, live and produced coverage for radio and television, and preparation and evacuation information online. Emergency information is also available on the Florida Storms mobile app.
UF’s WUFT-TV and WUFT-FM conceptualized and launched the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network in 2013. In 2018, they expanded their operation to serve the state of South Carolina through a partnership with South Carolina ETV (SCETV)/South Carolina Public Radio.
Chief Meteorologist and FPREN Director
Partners of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network include: Florida's Division of Emergency Management, WDNA (Miami), WFIT (Melbourne), WMFE (Orlando), WFSU (Tallahassee), WGCU (Fort Myers), WJCT (Jacksonville), WKGC (Panama City), WLRN (Miami), WMNF (Tampa-Sarasota), WQCS (Fort Pierce), WUFT (Gainesville-Ocala), WUSF (Tampa), WUWF (Pensacola) and Florida Public Media.