Are you in Cambodia and want to know more about the role of radio in disaster response?!? First Response Radio in Cambodia is holding an event that might be just the thing.

Nov 6th 2013 at 8:30AM – 4PM

Tonle Basak Restaurant


  1.  – The role of radio in disaster response
  2.  – Critical Information Matrix: Providing the Right information at the Right Time
  3.  – Practical Session
  4.  – Introduction to suitcase studio and other equipment
  5.  –  Setting up the full Radio Station – Participants help set up.
  6.  – Practice session:  Participants interview each other using suitcase studio.
  7.  – What’s Next?   Discuss how FIRST Response could be launched in Cambodia By everyone.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:  CDAC Partners, NGOs, Radio/Media specialists, Government response coordinators.

Contact Mike Adams via +885 92993250 or the contact page:

Working with RRI after the Aceh earthquake.

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.

Aceh RRI and FRR


Before leaving the area, FRI were able to produce pre-recorded interviews with Save the Children, IOM (The International Office of Migration, the Local Red Cross, and the National Disaster Management Organisation, (BNPB).


Radio Distribution and Media Support in Aceh quake area

First Response Radio (FRR) network members, First Response Indonesia, have responded to the earthquake in Aceh province, Indonesia. On Thursday 11th 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 (12th July). Aceh 2013 interview

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.

radio distribution, Aceh

 Radio distribution has begun through the coordination centres.

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.
Team leader, Firoz Faridi is an FRR veteran having responded to previous disasters in Bihar(2008), Ley (2009) and lasts summers Assam floods.
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.
On the 22nd Firoz took his team to the most affected town of Uttarkashi. The road in was still in very bad shape but by traveling behind Indian Army and government bulldozers, they arrived in Uttarkashi.
When 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)


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