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Notes from the AIDF Disaster Relief Summit

Notes from the AIDF Disaster Relief Summit

Quite the few days here in Washington DC at the AIDF Disaster Relief Summit. Check out our Twitter stream for all of our updates – and make sure to follow us too! I seem to have had the New York weather follow me down to DC, with temperatures in the twenties and thirties. Oh well. I spent Tuesday morning at the Voice of America studios listening to several expert presentations on journalism in disaster and crisis areas. Lots to learn and think about: Ebola Zone Reporters “Personal Protective Equipment is difficult to use properly. Used improperly, it’s more dangerous than using nothing.” Ebola Zone Reporters “Personal Protective Equipment gives false sense of security and encourages journalists to go places they shouldn’t be” Ebola Zone Reporters “Important to establish consistent safety protocols for your vehicle and hotel room” Information communication IS aid Keep in mind that the responder will be on the defensive when talked to by a journalist Journalists should go to crisis training and simulations so responders become comfortable with who they are Audience “You can’t forget that the CNN in the US is different than the CNN in Africa when it comes to Ebola reporting.” Technology innovation today allows for “care and outcomes” influenced across the total end to end care pathway In the US, first responders often have access to multiple vehicles. Elsewhere, you need multi-purpose vehicles. One of the more interesting statements I heard was one I really like. “Information IS aid”. Journalists, and sites like Disaster.Com, that provide information about disasters and crises are providing a form of aid to communities. Over the other two days of the conference we’ve...
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