First Response Radio (FRR) network members, First Response Indonesia, have responded to the earthquake in Aceh province, Indonesia. On Thursday 11thJuly First Response Indonesia deployed a team, many of the members had already completed FRR training where they learned how to use the suitcase studio to produce emergency radio programs. They drove into the affected areas on Friday (12th July).
Team leader, Carly Sumampouw reports that First Response Indonesia are co-ordinating with OCHA and the Government representatives. The National radio station, RRI has been operating on reduced power (100W) since the 2 July earthquake, FRI is working with them to get back to full power and help provide radio programming to support the 2-way communications needs of the affected community. Key issues identified by OCHA and NGOs include the psychosocial counselling for trauma,
the immediate needs of the vulnerable community and, even though it is still the Emergency phase, discussions on how to rebuild more effectively have already begun.
First Response Radio Network members, First Response Indonesia have been working in central Aceh , following the earthquake of 2nd July 2013. As the Emergency Phase has now ended, the team have returned to Jakarta.
Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) – the National Radio Service of Indonesia) technicians have now arrived in the area to bring the transmitter up to full power to enable it to be heard throughout the affected area. Before leaving, First Response Indonesia (FRI) signed an agreement with RRI Takengon which is the nearest branch of the National Radio Service and which serves the affected area. This agreement means that FRI will produce 3 x 30 minute radio programmes per week to be broadcast by RRI on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, on 93 FM, for the next 10 weeks. These broadcasts will cover the key issues identified by the UN, OCHA and UNICEF – psychosocial counselling, how to “rebuild better” and with particular focus on vulnerable groups – the elderly, the disabled, women and children. In addition, FRI will produce short public service announcements to be broadcast throughout the day.