A Framework for Caribbean Media Coverage of Disasters

The Association of Caribbean MediaWorkers (ACM) has long advocated for inclusion of natural disasters as one of the more serious challenges to media development in the developing world. Since its establishment in 2001, the organisation has been involved in activities supporting colleagues in the face of several regional disasters; notably in Grenada following Hurricane Ivan of 2004 and in Haiti, after the 2010 earthquake. In 2017, the region was confronted by the serious impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The impacts of these events on native populations have been considerable. They also served to highlight the need for greater levels of preparedness by the media themselves. This is so since physical assets, personnel and all forms of media output suffered considerable damage and harm.

In all instances, considerable damage to media plant and equipment and injury/displacement of journalists and other media workers critically undermined the ability of conventional media to play a role in response and recovery efforts, whatever the part media played in mitigation and preparedness activity. Click on link for more: Disaster Document2

Sep, 11, 2018