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Three of the the FIRST Response Radio team, including Mike Adams, arrived in Nepal on Saturday 2nd May, and have been well received. They have had meetings with the ‘Communicating with Communities’ cluster group, and other organisations, and are assessing where the greatest needs are. 2 areas in the Gorkha district have been identified – one reachable by car, one by 4×4. A third area is only accessible by helicopter. It is thought that about a 1/3 of the radio stations are off air, and some are being operated from tents. They have a ‘studio in a suitcase’ kit, but training may be more necessary than equipment.
First Response Radio (FRR) is a network of radio broadcasters, NGOs and Government partners.
Our members have been working in disaster areas since the Tsunami of 2004, providing critical information via radio, as aid. Our goal is to set up a radio station for the affected community within 72 hours of a disaster.
The best way we have discovered to build this capacity is to equip and train teams before disaster strikes.