Local Media Personnel Get Trained In Volcano Resilience

Participants at workshop along with workshop facilitator

Participants at workshop along with workshop facilitator

Local media personnel are now better equipped to deal with matters as they relate to reporting on volcanoes and dealing with natural disasters.

They were part of a one day workshop on Wednesday May 28th 2014, organized by the Dominica Red Cross and facilitated by Communications Consultant, Rose Willock of Montserrat.

The workshop, part of a Volcanic Risk Reduction Project, was funded by Disaster Preparedness ECHO (DIPECHO), and was also carried out in St. Vincent according to Willock.

The workshop focused on the areas including; planning, emergency and or disaster reporting, and broadcasting before, during and after an emergency.

Having experienced the powerful volcanic eruption of Soufriere Hills volcano, Willock gave a detailed account of the experience and how it was handled by media personnel there.

Following this workshop, the participants now have adequate information to respond better to any emergency and or natural disaster, which can be used to help Dominicans to be safe during such instances.

Representatives from the Dominica Broadcasting Service, SAT Telecommunications, Government Information Service, Caribbean Broadcasting Network, Dominica Vibes, Marpin 2k4 and Dominica News Online along with the former Disaster Coordinator, Cecil Shillingford, and representatives from the French Red Cross and Dominica Red Cross were part of the workshop.

Dominica’s three potentially active volcanoes are; Morne Patat in Soufriere, Morne Plate Paye and Morne Watt & Morne Micotrin in the Valley of Desolation.

© 2012 SAT Telecommunications Ltd.

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