Communication is vital at all stages of emergencies and disasters. People need information to make decisions and take action, and responding organisations need to have their messages heard. Media is a key source of up to date information for many people before, during, and after natural disasters and emergencies. It can also play an important role in building collective capacities and action for preparedness, response and resilience. Radio offers the most widespread medium for communicating with people in FSM and RMI because of the widely dispersed population, but more importantly radio lends itself well to participation by individual people who can call or write in, and even be trained to produce their own reports. CMFD, on behalfof IOM FSM/ MI produced a “Communicating for Resilience” toolkit. Thus document outlines key guidance for developing content for the toolkit.
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The PREPARE programme is a 5 -year initiative being implemented ny the International Organization for Migration to increase capacities for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. PREPARE strengthens contingency planning for a variety of context-specific hazards throughout the islands, and engages governments, the Red Cross Societies, civil society, and first responders to have well-defined and coordinated roles within disaster responses. The recent occurrence of Typhoon Maysak has more acutely created a need for ongoing information about what is happening now, along with general preparedness and response communication. The initiative will encourage disaster preparedness – particularly using radio to reach remote outer islands – by focusing on tangible steps to take responsibility for one’s self, family, and community. It also focuses on engaging people in response and resilient efforts.
- 6 5-minute audio mini-dramas - produced in English and Marshallese, with scripts provided for local language adaptations.
- 10 radio Spots/PSAs - produced in English and Marshallese, with scripts provided for local language adaptations.
- Original theme music - communicating key DRR messages.
- 15 to 20-minute radio documentary – documenting responses
- Guide on communicating preparedness - 20-30 pages guide
- Guidelines for radio presenters – complementary to the above guide, focusing on using the tools produced. The emphasis is to use these tools for reporting on current issues.
- Guidelines for schools and community groups – focuses on using the tools as training and discussions starters, and it include face-to-face group activities.
Key desired results
- Increased awareness and discussion about preparedness, response, and resilience in communities and broadcast on air.
- A first step to deep engagement with media, both increasing their awareness and commitment to preparedness, while also acting as a pilot to gain better understanding of how to support their vital role in preparedness.
- Demonstrate the power of radio to local authorities, and encourage future investment