The experienced FRR INDIA team deployed from Delhi to the Assam floods. They have their suitcase radio and broadcast over local stations for 2 weeks.
A classic example of coordination and collaboration
The CDAC Network CoP Group requested examples of in-country coordination and collaboration from members as part of a showcase to better understand what is working well in regards to communication and disaster response. FRR provided a case study of coordination and collaboration during the 2019 response to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique.
Key areas of coordination included UN OCHA providing an initial needs assessment along with liaising with the government. In terms of logistics, several agencies provided transport and power generators to enable teams to reach severely affected areas. 5 different organisations worked together to operate the radio station and facilitated training and equipping of local staff. Even after Radio Buzi was on the air, radio distribution was still an important topic and multiple agencies were involved in purchasing, coordinating and distributing radios to the affected community.
At least 12 organisations collaborated together to get the single radio station on the air during Cyclone Idai, Mozambique. The response was hailed as a classic example of excellent coordination and collaboration during a crisis.
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First Response Radio (FRR) powered by FEBC Philippines deployed to the most affected community, the city of Virac on Cataduanes Island, following typhoon Gobi/Rolly. Communications were completely cut off from this island. Within 72 hours the emergency station was on the air communicating with the community, using their suitcase radio station. They plan to distribute radios as well.
The 2019 1st & 2nd Quarter FRR report is here.
News of the latest equipment upgrade, Training of Trainers in Pakistan, FRR disaster response in Mozambique, and initial research results from the Bihar flooding in 2017.
After a successful ''Training of Trainers' event earlier in July 2019, FRR Pakistan has been on air as the team took part in its first live response. Following cloudbursts in Kashmir, several communities have been affected by landslides and flash floods. (https://www.bbc.com/urdu/pakistan-48999427).
In partnership with Voice of Kashmir 105.4FM, FRR team members, Sonia and Shaista presented a live show, taking calls from emergency workers (including Mr Rustam from Pakistan Red Crescent) to give updates and helpline information to affected community members.
RR INTL team, manned by our partner HCR from the UK has been on the air since Saturday, March 30th in the flood isolated town of Buzi, Mozambique. All roads are still closed so the team, with suitcase radio equipment and radios to distribute was flown in on a government helicopter. They are the first station back on air there - several stations in Beira have already been back on the air for a few days. There are several hot topics including preventing the spread of Cholera.
This video from UN OCHA in Mozambique covers the moment that FRR helped put radio Buzi back on the air. Thanks to both UN OCHA and the government disaster coordination team for their strong support.
First Response Indonesia supported Krakatau FM93.7 in response to the Sunda Strait Tsunami. Humanitarian programming started on Dec 24th, within 48 hours of the disaster and by 72 hours they were also distributing radios: both to the affected community and to responders, so they could listen to the community voices.
WATCH the video! True community engagement.