Always Alert: Reducing Disaster Risk Guide for Communicators and Radio Broadcasters By Deborah Walter (ed), CMFD Productions
Community radio provides an unmatched avenue for the widespread distribution of locally appropriate information concerning disaster risk reduction (DRR). It is a vital tool for early warning. Radio can also be a resource for education, information and opening community dialogue around mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
This English-language manual was adapted from a Portuguese-language training toolkit, Sempre Alerta: Redução do Risco de Calamidades, both focus on broadcasting around disaster risk reduction, although authors say many of the principles can be applied to any kind of reporting, especially related to humanitarian and development issues. The guide consists of 3 sections:- Section 1: Disaster Risk Reduction: Community Radio Broadcasting and Monitoring- Section 2: Communicating Early Warning System- Section 3: Rising Waters: Broadcasting about Floods
Compiled and edited by CMFD (Community Media for Development) Productions, the guide was produced for The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Mozambique, as part of the United Nations Delivering as One, Joint Programme on Disaster Risk Reduction, in collaboration with the Instituto de Comunicação Social (ICS), National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), and station partners. It was designed to be used for self-study, reading through the contents to get ideas and insight about reporting and communicating disaster risk reduction, or to develop training programmes with community radio stations on reporting for reducing disaster risk. Trainers, broadcasters, and programme managers are encouraged to adapt, expand, and use the material as needed
The Portuguese toolkit comprises as 3-module training programme, sample training plans, hand-outs, and printable material.While the background information is specific to Mozambique, programming ideas and approaches to communicating DRR can be applied across a wide variety of settings.