Emergency Radio Capacity Building in Asia with First Radio Response

Source: Fri, 5 Apr 2013 11:58 AM
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  From January to March 2013 CDAC affiliate member First Radio Response provided training and equipment in Nepal, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Philippines. Below is a report of their activities. Nepal: First Response Radio provided a complete “Radio in a Suitcase” Kit to CDAC-N member, BBC Media Action, to enable them to build capacity in Nepal for rapid response in disaster, and trained in London on the use of the kit. First Response Radio Trainers, Mike Adams, International Co‐ordinator of First Response and Hazeen Latif of First Response Pakistan helped train BBC teams in Nepal in January to use the radio kit in a simulated earthquake situation. Indonesia: First Response Indonesia (FRI) already own two “Radio in a Suitcase” kits and have three trained teams. Since disasters in Indonesia are frequent and sometimes simultaneous, it was decided that more kits were needed in Indonesia. Thanks to funding from European partners, First Response Radio was able to deliver two more complete kits to the Indonesian teams. These kits were used to train a third team in Sumatra in February. At this recent training event in Sumatra, some of the original FRI team were also certified as trainers and will be able to conduct their own training events, in country. First Response Indonesia now has a high capacity to respond to disasters anywhere in Indonesia within 72 hours.   Cambodia: Cambodia ranks No 9 of 173 countries in the UN World Risk Report, with a very high risk of disaster. First Response Radio International Co‐ordinator, Mike Adams met with radio partners Family FM 99.5 and NGO partners World Vision, in Cambodia, to discuss Rapid Response Radio. Subsequent to this initial meeting, Mike was invited to attend the DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) Forum of Cambodia where he was able to make a short, informal presentation to the assembled NGOs including CDAC-N members Save the Children, World Vision, and Plan. As a result of this, First Response Radio has offered to make a full presentation at the next DRR forum, to be followed a week later by a one day workshop. Philippines: The Philippines is ranked No 3 of 173 countries in the UN World Risk Report. For this reason, the initial First Response Radio training was held in Manila in 2007. Although the team responded to floods in 2009, they lacked equipment and sufficient capacity to respond to the many disasters in the Philippines. Because of this, partners FEBC Philippines have agreed to hire a local coordinator to re‐launch First Response Radio Philippines. Later this year and a complete “Radio in a Suitcase” kit will be delivered and further training will happen. First Response Radio 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 . First Response Radio (Ltd) is a not‐for‐profit company delivering “Radio in a Suitcase” equipment and training to build rapid response capacity around the world. 

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