The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on August 28, 1992 · 14
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The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida · 14

Miami, Florida
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Friday, August 28, 1992
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14A THE MIAMI HERALD FRIDAY AUGUST 23 1992 Watching images of storm seen-as trauma therapy By HAL BOEDEKER Herald TV Critic Each day South Florida TV stations decide whether to go round-the-clock in covering the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew Thus far they’re going nonstop Mental health experts familiar with Hurricane Hugo which struck South Carolina in 1989 says that's a good idea “I think the way people master the trauma is by talking about it and looking at pictures” said Linda Austin associate professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston “Looking at those pictures is a way of people saying ‘I’m not alone’ I think people use it in a therapeutic way” John Freedy a clinical psychologist at the same university lived through Hurricane Hugo He said research indicates that 90 percent of people in disaster areas closely watch media reports “They let people know what they can do to get their lives back in a sustainable fashion” he said “Media can show a community it has a responsibility It can’t be business as usual” - Constant coverage is imperative said Paul Steinle director of the journalism and photography program at the University of Miami “We have these stations to serve the public interest and I’m glad they’re giving up profits to do this” he said The coverage “raises the level of concern for what is happening south of Kendall and keeps that priority high in everyone’s mind” If people tire of the coverage they should switch off the TV and read a book Steinle suggested Feelings of distress But TV’s focus on the devastation can intensify feelings of distress said Robert Ursano chairman of the American Psychiatry Association’s task force on disasters in Bethesda Md Stations might want to go round-the-clock for a period but that can delay emotional recovery Ursano said “As long as you focus on the destruction you’re focusing on the impact phase rather than the recovery phase” he said “Switching back to normal programming is an aspect of the recovery” Channel 7 and WTVJ-Channel 4 have provided nonstop coverage since 5 am Sunday WPLG-Channel 10 started its coverage at 1 1 pm Saturday and continued through 5: 1 5 am Monday when high winds felled a micro-wave tower on Biscayne Boule- OWNER: Ed Ansin put the loss to Channel 7 ‘in the millions’ vard The station resumed coverage three hours later and stayed with the story till a break Monday night for football Channel 10 stopped for staff “to recharge their batteries and that goes for the audience too” said station news director Bob Reichblum WPLG resumed wall-to-wall coverage at 10 am Tuesday WCIX-Channel 6 lost power early Monday morning when the storm knocked down its South Dade tower Service to much of Broward has been restored and the station has been simulcasting its 6 and 1 1 pm newscasts for Dade on WDZL-Channel 39 ‘A huge appetite’ “I do’ think there is a huge appetite for the story and it has brought the community together” said Channel 4 general manager Dick Lobo “I can’t leave the story To me it seems that entertainment is not what people need right now” Channel 4 won’t air Jerry Lewis’ muscular dystrophy telethon this weekend “At this point it’s clear to us that the viewers are extremely interested in the disaster situation and in what they can do to help” said Ed Ansin owner of Channel 7 He said it’s likely that his station will carry the Emmy Awards telecast at 8 pm Sunday Ansin put the loss to his station “in the millions” while Lobo estimated the loss to NBC as “in the hundreds of thousands of dollars” Lobo and Channel 10’s Reichblum said it was important to keep showing the devastation because many viewers are just regaining electricity “The stories just keep coming” Reichblum said f A MESSAGE TO THE COMMUNITY OF GREATER MIAMI FROM BP At BP we’re very concerned about the devastation left in the path of Hurricane Andrew That’s why we want to help Here’s how: © Many BP stations are open While we have sustained damage at some locations in South Florida many of our stations are open for business For your reference they’re listed below And since we want all customers who need gasoline to be able to purchase it some stations may limit your fuel purchase to $1500 This restriction will be lifted as more stations are repaired and re-opened Our maintenance crews are out in full force repairing damaged stations safely and quickly it A special note to BP credit card holders We will be happy to give you additional time to pay any balance on your BP credit card account with no finance charges Just write us at the address below to notify us how you want to extend payment and we’ll do our best to help We realize this is a small gesture but we want to do our part to offer a helping hand to the people of Greater Miami in this time of j ‘ j need 1 BP Oil Company Credit Card Center PO Box 94508 Cleveland OH 44104 BP STATIONS OPEN FOP BUSINESS: Miller & SW 1 47th Ave - 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