As Hurricane Irene approaches us here in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast we thought pointing out RadioReference.com might be useful to those of you who might like to listen to live feeds from first responders using the Internet. It’s also likely some of you have access to these feeds using one of many iOS, Android, and other mobile apps.
The site is organized by state and then by county. You can search county or state/city or browse by beginning with this U.S. map. As you’ll see the DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC, and Boston metros are well covered.
By the way, the RadioReference database is not only available for the east coast but also offers streams (police and other first responders) for the entire country.
In the left-hand column of this page you can also find feeds for Canada and a number of other countries.
Finally, a noteworthy variable in all of this is electricity and Internet access. First, the listener needs to have power for their computer (as we said a moment ago, MANY mobile apps are available) and power/access for the computer and scanner (often provided by an enthusiast) to receive and place the audio stream online.
For those of you who, like us, will have to deal with the storm, please stay safe.