Cataduenes Island, Philippines
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.
FRR World Record in the Philippines
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.
Ten Day Deployment in Casiguran
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.