Radio in humanitarian assistance

© UNESCO - Presentation of a radio-in-a-Box during the World Press Freedom Day 2010 in Brisbane, Australia.

“Radio-in-a-Box” is an integrated mobile radio broadcasting station that could be used for broadcasting in disaster areas, emergency response and community broadcasting. It is designed by Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union with the support from UNESCO.

“Radio-in-Box” is an integrated mobile broadcasting system based on digital technologies fulfils long felt requirement of broadcasters working in disaster and emergency response community broadcasting. It is ideal to serve disaster hit areas where broadcasting infrastructure may have been destroyed as it is functional within 2 hours after the emergency situation. “Radio-in-a-Box” can be used as a community radio platform that could be integrated into relief operation, dispel rumours as well as share experiences, emotions and relieve post-disaster distress. It works wonders for the people living in tents. In the post-tsunami scenario in Indonesia, 2000 solar-operated /hand-winding radios were distributed, along with food and water, and they served as a very good psychological counselling for traumatised people. Also, Radios-in-box are deployed in Haiti as post-disaster initiatives.

The “box” measures around 55 x 50 cm. It contains a laptop, mixer, a DVD player and a 30W FM transmitter. The “box” can be used to produce radio programmes using a portable digital audio recorder, microphone inputs or other pre-recorded material; schedule play lists for playback automatically and broadcast via the built-in FM transmitter.

With the support from UNESCO, Radio-in-a-Boxes are already deployed in 8 countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Jamaica, India, Philippines, Sudan, Samoa, Tonga, Tanzania and Vanuatu) and doing valuable service for information dissemination and community preparedness for any possible disaster.


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