In October 2017 FRR trainers Mike Adams and Alan Fotheringham were in Kathmandu, Nepal to do 'radio in disaster' training with Radio Nepal. Working in partnership with BBC Media Action – Nepal, FRR was helping to strengthen their resilience through four practical days of class work and a one day field trial with the Suitcase Radio equipment.
After 5 days in the classroom FRR training moved onto 3 days in the field. The new team broke the world's record and set up the full FM radio station and started broadcasting in 16 minutes! The Field Trial continues in Pidie Jaya, the location of Aceh's December 2016 earthquake that affected more than 80,000 people.
FRR Philippines (FRR PH) ran a full Rapid Response training class from December 7-16 in Manila, Philippines. The 5 day class was topped off with an a adventurous 3 day field exercise. Due to an impending typhoon alert that stopped all boat traffic, the team was not able to reach their targeted field trial location, Santa Fe, Cebu. So they improvised and set up the emergency radio station right where they were in Antipolo, Medillan. After 2 days of broadcasting they were able to arrive at Santa Fe for the final day. This team also broke the WORLD RECORD for the fastest setup and on air time, with a time of 21 minutes.
FRR Pakistan had a short deployment in KPK to help in communications assessments and to capture some voices of the people. Critical info was then broadcast over Dilbar FM – which could be heard in the affected areas.
FRR Philippines just wrapped up a ten day deployment in Casiguran, Aurora responding to Typhoon Lando. The team broadcasted public service announcements (PSAs) coming from the PDRRMC as well as humanitarian agencies in the area, psychosocial programs, interviews with government officials as well as with humanitarian workers and affected communities, daily weather updates (courtesy of Panahon TV) and key messages on food, WASH, health and shelter. They also passed out 100 solar powered radios to the community.