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World Radio Day: Radio and Tele-Communications in an Emergency Response

Michael Lee, Irish Aid Rapid Responder, stands beside a sign which outlines Irish Aid's support for the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts among other donors.

Radio provides an effective way to broadcast essential information to vulnerable communities and to communicate with other emergency responders.

In times of emergency, being able to spread information to communities quickly is an essential, lifesaving service. Radio provides an effective way to broadcast essential information to vulnerable communities and to communicate with other emergency responders.

The versatility and wide reach of radio make it an important service for responding to any emergency, and for that reason Irish Aid’s Rapid Response Corps has experts in radio and telecommunications ready to deploy in the event of a crisis.

Irish Aid’s Rapid Response Corps has experts in radio and telecommunications ready to deploy in the event of a crisis.

Michael Lee, originally from Cork, is a member of Ireland’s Rapid Response Corps, whose most recent deployment was to Guiuan in the Philippines, in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Guiuan was the first area where  the Super Typhoon made landfall, and the area was decimated by the tropical storm. Michael was deployed with the World Food Programme (WFP), which takes responsibility for co-ordinating  logistics in times of emergency. The WFP benefitted from Michael’s skills in setting up generators to provide emergency power supplies, and radio telecoms to enable communication between emergency response teams.

A recovery camp was established on the grounds of the university in Guinan, which was completely destroyed by the Typhoon. From this camp, the team were able to coordinate the emergency response, and once immediate needs were being met, the team began to plan for the recovery stage.

The skills of Irish Aid’s Rapid Response Corps are continuously being put to use to assist the most vulnerable in times of emergency. 

Technology during an emergency response:

Find out more about how IT and Telecommunications are being used to respond to emergencies.