Media in Disaster Management


Media in Disaster Management

TOWARDS A SAFER STATE

NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR MEDIA ON DISASTER REPORTING

6th & 7th January 2014, ILDM, PTP Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram

 Conference Brochure

Disasters are uncertain, highly mutable, chaotic situations often marked by information overload and information dearth. In an Emergency, the Disaster management personnel are concerned with managing massive amount of incoming information, where the affected members of the public often experience severe absence of timely information which is needed for decision-making. Communication is the most important aspect in disaster risk reduction. Media has an inner reach to the lowermost tier and the top most tier, as may be most useful for best governance and management in case of a disaster. Media plays vital role of a watch dog of the society keeping the disaster machinery active. During the recent Phailin cyclone it is proven that, the early information dissemination by electronic media like television and radio can save many lives. Hence media may be used for disseminating disaster preparedness aspects to the society making special provisions for the more vulnerable sections of the community such as women and children. Still dilemmas prevail: whether to help injured victims and evacuate the affected before the rescue teams reach there or to report the event through media. It is in light of these facts that ILDM is organizing a two day national conference for media on disaster reporting in association with Kerala Press Academy and United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) on 6thand 7th January 2014 at the conference hall, ILDM, PTP Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram for working journalists from the various media of the state.

Objectives

  • To build a culture of proactive than reactive reporting culture
  • To equip the media to prepare Standard Operating Procedure for disaster reporting for avoiding the excitement and panic especially during the response phase
  • To enable the media to be partners in disaster relief
  • Equip the media to invite necessary national and international assistance to the affected society
  • To identify the possibilities of engaging subject experts in media to enable easy comprehension and response to the information of disaster related news

Contact

Mr. Amalraj M, Assistant Professor, DM Centre, ILDM (Convenor). Mob: 09847984527. Email: directorildmkerala@gmail.com