Follow the photo link for a summary of the impact that First Response Radio is having after one week in Palu.
The FRR Indonesia (FRI) team has just announced that FRI finished their ASSESSMENT phase and decided to deploy to the Palu earthquake/ tsunami area, starting of Wed. Oct 3rd.
Their assessment revealed that most of the radio stations are off the air due to either damage or lack of electricity/fuel. Most power and communications is still off. Mobile data is not back and voice calls only are available in just some areas. The team plans to either support an existing station, or set up on their own frequency. They are taking the full FRR suitcase radio equipment, generator and at least 500 radios for distribution. Four FRI team members will deploy on Wednesday 3rd Oct and plan to stay through the emergency phase which is expected to last at least two weeks.
The FRR team expects to face challenges with transportation, finding fuel and the general security situation – but it is noted that things are improving every day.
FRR India sent 2 team members to Kerala state on 13th Aug after the worst flooding in around 100 years had led the government to evacuate around 64000 people to IDP camps. While assessing the situation and interviewing affected community members, NGOs and local government, the team found themselves in the midst of further heavy rains and flooding - quickly changed tack and produced programmes broadcast via a local AM station giving information about emergency relief.
The local AM station provided FRR India with 15min slots on 4 consecutive days during which they also provided information and advice to people who were in IDP camps. For many this there first ever experience of displacement. FRR India has two more slots this weekend on the local AM station. People are returning to their homes and from FRR India's past experience this is the time to advise people on dealing with snakes, dead animals and good hygienic practices. Alongside these very practical concerns, FRR radio programmes can help people who are dealing with grief and the trauma that goes along with losing all your belongings or your home.
Following the series of 6+ earthquakes in the last couple of weeks, the FRR Indonesia team are on the air in North Lombok on 97.7FM. The Suitcase Studio, transmitter and antenna are all set up, ready to provide life saving information and establish 2-way communications with the affected community.