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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.
FRR Pakistan had a short deployment in KPK to help in communications assessments and to capture some voices of the people. Critical info was then broadcast over Dilbar FM – which could be heard in the affected areas.
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.
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.
First Response Radio (FRR) India began emergency broadcasts within 72 hours of the onset of flash floods and landslides in the Northern state of Uttarakhand in the Himalayas. According to Uttrakhand Chief Minister the floods were a “Himalayan Tsunami”.
The special broadcasts began going out on June 19th via SW radio for 30 minutes a day towards the affected region to provide critical information to those affected by the flooding including the many pilgrims who are not from that state.
Even before full assessments were available, FRR began preparing broadcasts from Delhi based on the news, government and NGO information. In the early days of the special broadcasts the floods were still increasing and programs warned listeners of the increased danger of floods.
On June 21st FRR India deployed a team of 4 people into Uttarakhand state. Most of the team members had already completed FRR training in 2011 where they learned how to use the suitcase studio to produce emergency radio programs.
Once in the affected area they began interviewing the affected community, Government and NGOs. Every day they produce a 30 min program of useful information using the suitcase and upload the programs over the (slow) internet for broadcast that night.
hen FRR INTL coordinator, Mike Adams called Firoz he asked “What was the most important information that the programs were providing for those affected by the flash floods?” Firoz replied: “On our emergency radio programs we are passing the information about rescue operations, health tips, weather information and information about relief camps and health camps.”
Broadcasts can be heard on Shortwave Radio (SW) on 9500 KHz on the 31 Meter Band from 8:00 to 8:30pm local time, nightly. (1430 UTC)
The FRR Nepal team have now left Nepal, having helped the radio station in Dhunche get back on the air and trained local staff to develop programming to aid in the disaster recovery process.Mike Adams felt the second quake in Delhi airport, a few hours after he left Kathmandu. All the rest of the team reported in safe, and have now returned to their home countries. FRR anticipates returning to Nepal within the year if possible, to do further training with those working with disaster affected communities.
First Response Radio (FRR) is a network of radio broadcasters, NGOs and government partners.
Our members have been working in disaster areas since the Tsunami of 2004, providing critical information via radio, as aid. Our goal is to set up a radio station for the affected community within 72 hours of a disaster. The best way to build this capacity is to equip & train teams before disaster strikes.