Role of QBS FM Media during Crisis
I wish to share that no one can underestimate the role of local media especially radio during any crisis, as this media can play a proactive role in alerting drivers on the road to avoid congesting crtical roadways so as to allow emergency workforce and civil defence arrive at the location faster.
They can also play a positive role in assisting the critically injured , by requesting the public in a blood donation drive .
But unfortunately in the last terrible tragedy, QBS Radio English played no role what so ever. In my previous forum I was also emphasising on the role of private FM radio , playing music and sending critical update in Hindi, Philipino e.t.c as vast number of people driving on the road need not necessarily listen only to english radio,( which itself the less said about it is better at this moment.)
I cannot for myself launch any FM station, on this but request QLers to think about it, and may be it is about time to request concerned authorities in ICT, ministries that a mix of private FM Radio can work in positive direction of everyone in the community.
Though there are other technology like SMS alert from Civil Defence, but then there could be security issues like no driver would read txt message whilst driving, or possibilty of rumour mongering based on a short TXT message also likely.
Always remember that a second saved for Civil defence and resucue operation teams to reach the crisis hit location in time could well be translated into lives being saved.
My final say kudos and respect for the brave hearts of Civil defense , rescue operations , police and brave citizen reporters for the work they do in saving our lives and keeping us informed
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