NEMA holds workshop on disaster management

NEMA officials [Photo: battabox.com]

The workshop aimed to impact knowledge on media representatives on effective disaster management reporting.

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, on Wednesday in Yola, Adamawa State, organised a one-day sensitisation workshop on disaster management for journalists.

Declaring the workshop open, the agency’s North-East Zonal Coordinator, Muhammad Kanar, said that the aim of the workshop was to impact knowledge on media representatives on effective disaster management reporting.

“As we may all be aware, one of the mandates of the agency is to educate the public, sensitise and create awareness. This can only be achieved with the media playing its role as the mouthpiece of the society,’’ he said.

Mr. Kanar noted that the media was among the significant factors in disaster management, especially in the area of risk deduction, mitigation, preparedness and response.

According to him, if the media is properly harnessed, it can play a vital role in disaster management through disseminating early warnings to communities.

He noted that information management was very critical in handling emergencies and the media, if handled appropriately, could help in the maintenance of order during emergencies.

“Most disaster-related news stories involve traumatised victims, hence the need for caution in reporting disaster-related issues. This should not be an excuse to deny the public genuine and timely information, especially in catastrophic situation involving lots of people, like flood.” he said.

Mr. Kanar asked the media to help in creating early-warning systems by providing adequate and appropriate information on risks which could be integrated into disaster risk-reduction initiatives.

Some 200 stakeholders from various media and related organisations participated in the workshop.

(NAN)


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