GAATES Participating in a Workshop on Emergency Warnings and Disaster Risk Reduction

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, News, April 24 2015

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is participating in a workshop on Emergency Warning and Disaster Risk Reduction, Bhubaneswar, Orrisa, India from 21 to 25 April 2015 to discuss Inclusive Early Warning Systems and Broadcasting, and also on Accessible Broadcasting, Communication and Evacuation of Persons with Disabilities in an Emergency: A Planning Guide. This workshop is organized by Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).

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GAATES Vice President, Aqeel Qureshi Presented on Inclusive Emergency Warning Systems and Broadcasting

The workshop will focus on broad cooperation between various government disaster agencies, media and NGOs working with local communities. The five-day activity will consist of partnership dialogue and training for the participating journalists.

The partnership dialogue is an effort to bring together all stakeholders in the process of gathering and disseminating information about pending disasters in Orissa, India. It is hoped that it become a starting point for integrating media in the national disaster management system at local level. The partnership dialogue will look at developing a simple, consistent and clearly defined process within a broad range of stakeholders – government agencies, NGOs, community representatives and media outlets for common, coordinated action in case of emergency.

Media play a crucial role in disseminating information to the public before a disaster occurs. However, communicating efficiently with the population under threat requires a thorough preparation in advance of the media organisations and the broad public how to react to emergency warnings. The journalists training after the partnership dialogue will focus on developing a  pro-active approach to disaster coverage and preparedness. It will discuss all aspects of preparing the station to be as useful as possible to its audiences when disaster strikes.

Hopefully, as a result of the dialogue, stakeholders in disaster management and preparedness in Orissa will establish better links and work together to prepare people (including vulnerable groups as persons with disabilities, women, children and older people) for future disasters and ultimately save lives and livelihoods.

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