SHILLONG, Oct 13: The state’s minister for Revenue & Disaster Management, Kyrmen Shylla has highlighted the pivotl role that the media plays during and after disasters as it allows people to receive vital information stay updated with the unfolding events.
Speaking as the chief guest of a training programme on Role of Media in Disaster Management which was held here at Hotel Pinewood on Saturday, Shylla said in the present era where social media has become a powerful tool of communication, it allows the media to stay updated and disseminate information of the concerned areas which are affected during disasters thereby enabling the masses to have firsthand information about the situation.
Shylla also expressed his hope that the training programme will go a long way in sensitizing the media in disaster risk reduction and will further add to the capacity building of the media thus enabling them to response more effectively during and after the disaster.
Others who spoke during the inaugural programme include I. Mawlong, Executive Director, Meghalaya State Disaster Management Authority, Government of Meghalaya, R. Nongkhlaw, Deputy Director, Directorate of Information & Public Relations, Government of Meghalaya, S. Bordoloi, Consultant, SDMA, Government of Meghalaya, Snehasis Sur, Senior Journalist and President, Kolkata Press Club and David Laitphlang, President, Shillong Press Club.
The inaugural programme was followed by a training programme where Snehasis Sur, Senior Journalist and President, Kolkata Press Club as the Resource Person delivered a lecture on “Disaster Management, Disaster Reporting and Crisis Communication”, which was followed by Open Forum, Brainstorming and Idea Generation.