A First Response Radio Team has a different role from the traditional media/reporting role.
First Response Radio supports CDAC’s** central objective to provide a coordinated service to enable humanitarian operations to get life-saving information to affected populations and to channel their voices back to the providers of assistance working with local media and non-mass media communications.
**CDAC: (Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities) Global was founded by a group of international relief and development organizations including Save the Children, IFRC and OCHA, and media development agencies including Thomson Reuters Foundation, BBC World Service Trust, International Media Support (IMS) and Internews.
The principle commitments of the Red Cross Code are:
The humanitarian imperative comes first;
Aid is given regardless of the race, creed or nationality of the recipients and without adverse distinction of any kind. Aid priorities are calculated on the basis of need alone;
Aid will not be used to further a particular political or religious standpoint;
We shall endeavor not to be used as an instrument of government foreign policy;
We shall respect culture and custom;
We shall attempt to build disaster response on local capacities;
Ways shall be found to involve program beneficiaries in the management of relief aid;
Relief aid must strive to reduce vulnerabilities to future disaster as well as meeting basic needs;
We hold ourselves accountable to both those we seek to assist and those from whom we accept resources;
In our information, publicity and advertising activities, we shall recognize disaster victims as dignified human beings, not hopeless objects.
FRR teams subscribe to the “Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response” or Sphere Standards as expressed in the Sphere Handbook. The Charter which underpins the Sphere Standards states that “Humanitarian agencies committed to this Charter and to the Minimum Standards will aim to achieve defined levels of service for people affected by calamity or armed conflict, and to promote the observance of fundamental humanitarian principles.”
The standards cover: 1. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion 2. Food Security, Nutrition and Food Aid 3. Shelter, Settlements and Non-Food Items 4. Health Services