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Disasters and risks dominate the news when they occur or when they are imminent. However, the role of the media is not limited – nor should it be limited – to reporting when disasters are in progress. Media coverage is a powerful tool that can focus attention, set the agenda for public debate, influence political decisions, change public attitudes... and save lives.

The media shapes the public's perception of the risks posed by natural hazards. These perceptions in turn influence the set of strategies for mitigating future vulnerabilities in the form of taxes, opportunity costs, changes in lifestyle, among others.

The media is also a vital information channel between authorities and emergency services, on the one hand, and their audiences, on the other. They transmit information in both directions. Before a disaster, especially in the case of a natural hazard for which an alert is available, journalists transmit the alerts and other emergency information from the authorities to the population, thus reducing the risk. Journalists can sometimes reach disaster-affected areas even before emergency services. In these cases, their role in transmitting information about the situation on the ground becomes even more important.

 

DRR Media Network

for the Americas

and the Caribbean 

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Including all sectors in Disaster Risk Reduction is a priority for the UNDRR Americas and Caribbean Regional Office. A Network of Journalists for Disaster Risk Reduction is in formation. Access the form to be part!

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Disaster Risk

Reduction

Media HUB

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UNDRR has developed a series of tools for media professionals reporting on disasters and examples of resilience. Statistical data, expert contacts and monitoring tools can be found on the web. Access the website here

HUB
Strong waves overrun the seawall in Havana, Cuba, resulting in heavy flooding in the city
Days of continuous rain across the Caribbean state of Trinidad and Tobago this winter have stiffened the resolve of the country’s Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) to launch the new Risk Information Exchange (RiX) developed by UNDRR.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Park area in Campinas, Brazil
Severe storms and flooding almost 20 years ago proved a turning point for Campinas. Since then, the Brazilian city has emerged as a global leader of climate resilient urban development
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Office in Incheon for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) Prefeitura do Município de Campinas, São Paulo
MCR2030 webinar with city leaders from Asia-Pacific, Americas and Caribbean on 8 November 2022
MCR2030 Resilience Hubs, namely Incheon, Makati and Mexico City, held the webinar, “Learning from Our MCR Hubs” to share experiences, best practices and recommendations on strengthening disaster resilience in their respective cities on 8 November 2022.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Office in Incheon for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction
Presentan guía de innovación del sector privado para reducción del riesgo de desastres en El Salvador
The guide was commissioned by UNDRR and developed in collaboration between the TRANSFORM project of the University of Waterloo, Canada, with ARISE networks in Central America and twenty companies in the region who provided input to the document.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean
Medalla Brasil
Brazil is one of the countries in the region with highest investment rates in research and development in terms of disaster risk reduction.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean
Speightstown, Barbados
UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged all countries to achieve 100 per cent coverage of their populations by early warning systems within the next five years.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean
Lanzamiento RP23
The launch of the RP23 marked the start of the 5th Risk Reduction Week, in commemoration of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean Sistema Nacional de Emergencias
Team
A workshop in Seychelles held 31 August 2022 – 2 September 2022 aimed to get Island States talking about shared experiences and legal solutions.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Indian Ocean Regional Intervention Platform
Caribbean Regional Workshop on Measuring Effectiveness of Early Warning Systems through Sendai Framework Target (g) and Custom Indicators
Using the structures incorporated in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030), Trinidad and Tobago is taking a comprehensive overview of hazards, risks and uncertainties to inform its decision-making and planning.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean
Long lines at a grocery store following power outages and frigid temperatures in Texas, USA (2021)
Texas was facing a disaster – but the natural hazard was only the trigger. The failure of power grids is a technological consequence: one that can be measured, quantified and ultimately reduced.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

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For more information about Disaster Risk Reduction and media, you can access related documents in this section.

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