Blog from Mike Adams of First Response Radio, 20th December 2013.
First Response Radio (FRR) network members, First Response Indonesia, have responded to the earthquake in Aceh province, Indonesia. On Thursday 11 th July 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 (12 th July).
June 24, 2013
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.
First Response Radio provided a complete “Radio in a Suitcase” Kit to CDAC partner, 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 also helped train BBC teams in Nepal during January to use the radio kit in a simulated earthquake situation.
First Response India (FRI) has responded to the disaster unfolding in the Assam region of North east India, where over a million people have been forced to leave their homes as monsoon rains have flooded wide areas. The Brahamaputra River has burst its banks in the town of Pajerbhanga, in the most affected district of Barpeta, 50% of which is under water and where 60% of the population has been affected.