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.
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.
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.
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.
FRR trainers from YASKI provided 8 days of training in Manado, Indonesia. The team set a new INDONESIAN record setting up the field trial station in 30 minutes. The training was held near Lokon Volcano which was active just a few weeks ago and had a major eruption a few years ago.