Eight Community Radio Stations operated in the coastal region of Bangladesh are now continuously broadcasting to address the Cyclone Strom `FANI’. Already the stations broadcast 16 hours program to address the upcoming cyclone in line with Standing Orders on Disaster (SOD) of Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
Information is being provided to the community regarding preparedness for saving their lives, and assets by Community Broadcasters and volunteers around the radio stations.
The stations are maintaining full time liaison with the disaster monitoring cells at district and upazila levels. They are also keeping contact with Red Crescent members, Scouts and disaster volunteers at local levels. Besides, the members of Radio Listener Clubs are doing awareness-raising campaign regarding preparedness within their community, neighbours and relatives.
Considering the importance of the situation the community radio stations situated in coastal zone namely Community Radio Naf 99.2 (Tekhnaf, Cox’s Bazar), Community Radio Sagargiri 99.2 (Sitakunda, Chittagong), Community Radio Sagor Dwip 99.2 ( Hatia, Noakhali ), Community Radio Meghna 99.00 (Charfession, Bhola Island), Community Rural Radio: Krishi Radio 98.2(Amtali, Barguna), Community Radio Lokobetar 99.2 (Barguna Sadar), and Community Radio Nalta 99.2 (Kaliganj, Satkhira) and Community Radio Sundarban 98.8( Koyra, Khulna) have their preparation to keep their stations on-air for 24 hours. Generator and fuels are reserved for alternative power supply if there is any disruption in notational power supply grid and hamper the broadcasting
They are broadcasting special bulletin, PSA, recorded program repeatedly and draw attention of all to prepare for facing cyclone storm `FANI’, so that community will be able to take initiative in advance and thus the damage can be reduced.
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is maintaining full-time contact and coordination with the coastal community radio stations. The contact points for the coastal community radio stations are;
Mr. Sabbir Hossain, Senior Producer, Community Radio Nalta, Kaliganj, Satkhira
Phone: +88 01713902783 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Palas Chandra Dhali, Station Manager, Community Radio Sundarban, Koyra Upazila,Khulna, Phone: +88 01789520702 E-Mail: email@example.com
Mr. Shamim Mridha, Radio Focal person, Community Rural Radio Krishi Radio, Amtali Upazila, Barguna, Phone: +8801713 68 88 89 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Monir Hossain Kamal, Station Manager, Community Radio Lokobetar , Barguna SadarPhone: +88 01716 32 71 51 E-Mail: email@example.com
Ms. Konika Rani, Assistant Station Manager, Community Radio Meghna, Charfasion
Bhola Island, Phone: +8801755970901 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms, Papia Sultana, Station In-charge, Community Radio Sagor Dwip, Hatia Island, Noakhali, Phone:+88 01721176281 E-Mail: email@example.com
Mr. Sha Sultan Shamim, Station Manager, Community Radio Sagar Giri, Sitakunda Upazila, Chittagong, Phone: +88 01712 02 10 97 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Siddiqur Hossain, Station Manager In-charge, Community Radio Naf, (Tekhnaf Upazila, Cox’s Bazar) Phone: +88 01716 53 00 58, E-Mail: email@example.comMs, Jeanett Shapla Chowdury and
Ms,Protiva Banerjee, Disaster Control Room In-charge of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC), Dhaka.