FEBC Indonesia and First Response Radio Deploy to Disaster Zone
FEBC Indonesia and First Response Radio are responding to the earthquake and tsunami disaster that has devastated central Sulawesi Indonesia. Our trained team are now on-air in Palu. They face serious obstacles as they work in a disaster zone with very limited resources.
On Friday 28th September a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Donggala province of central Sulawesi triggering a tsunami that has devastated Palu, the capital of the province. At the time of writing over 1200 people are reported dead, a number expected to grow considerably.
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The obstacles and challenges are huge.
Food, Fuel & Power – with no electricity in the city and fuel and food in very scarce supply, sustaining any relief effort is currently a huge challenge.
Security – there has been rioting, and looting of stores as people are hungry, hurt, and desperate. At this stage anyone with good supplies faces the risk of becoming a target.
- Establish the FEBC FRR team and volunteers. 6+ team members are coordinating together.
- Gather supplies including generators, studio-in-a-suitcase equipment, antenna, radios, food, water, and fuel.
- Coordinate with other organisations and government agencies.
- Distribute around 2000 radios to the affected communities around Palu.
- Stay on-air broadcasting critical information to the surrounding community.
What are we broadcasting?
This is the critical information you can expect the First Response Radio team broadcast:
- where to find food & water. Supply and sanitation information;
- the availability of medical care, including emergency and temporary measures people can take for health and hygiene;
- up to date information about the wider disaster. What to expect;
- available transport routes – how to get places;
- reassurance of relief efforts;
- counselling and support to assist recovery and bring some restoration of ‘normal;’
- music and discussion in the evenings helps bring calm and a sense of community.
How can we pray?
- For the wounded, traumatised, homeless, and afraid – that they would be found, healed and comforted.
- Thank God the FRR Indonesia team is in Palu and on-air with the emergency station.
- For food, water and fuel supplies to be available especially in these first days and weeks of rescue and recovery.
- For safety from harm, both human and further natural disasters.
- For our wind-up/solar radios to get into communities and for strong clear signals to deliver critical information.
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For detailed information on the history and present strategy of First Response Radio, click here.