Stakeholder workshop on the disaster reporting portal and the media monitoring report by Media Council of Kenya (MCK) held at Laico Regency hotel Nairobi on 10th June, 2016 .
The Disaster Reporting Portal is an initiative of the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MENR) in collaboration with USAID, UNDP, the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) and the LECRD project covering Outcome 5 and 6 of the LECRD project on knowledge management and information sharing as well as minimizing impacts of extreme climate events for improved and resilient livelihoods. The MCK identified four main aspects of media functions in terms of information dissemination, disaster planning and training, collaborative decision making and problem solving and information gathering as the basis of developing the portal. As such these cascade down to crisis management phases of preparedness, response and recovery eliciting the need to use the media to enhance communication on disasters.
The objective of the portal is to reach out to Kenyans to inform and educate them on the various climate related disasters affecting the country, the disaster prone areas, the current status of the nation in relation to natural disasters that Kenya faces, highlight the mitigation measures that can be undertaken and how to adapt to perennial disasters. The portal will capture and disseminate climate change and other related disaster information and is expected to improve reporting amongst media practitioners on climate change.
The LECRD project held a multi-stakeholder review workshop on 10th June 2016 at Laico Regency hotel in Nairobi to present the portal to a wider range of stakeholders including the media fraternity, the UNDP Disaster Risk Reduction Unit, National Disaster Operations Centre, Subject Matter Specialists, the Climate Change Directorate, Kenya Metrological Department and Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources officials. The Portal was developed with the guidance of a consultant engaged though the MCK in collaboration with the LECRD team.
The portal has two main components that is; the Disaster Reporting Portal and the Learning Centre. The reporting portal focuses on educating the public on the major climate related disasters affecting Kenya while giving real time updates of weather information and disaster prone areas. It contains emergency contacts of disaster response centres at both national and county level. It incorporates blogs and a media centre which allows for the public to participate and post articles. The learning centre contains modules for accredited journalists to undertake online training on disaster management so at to be engaged in responsible and responsive reporting on these issues. It is a step by step module with a moderator where upon completion of the course a certificate is awarded.
There will be continuous enrichment of the portal to provide up to date and relevant information as well as have live audio-visual feeds for real time impact. The portal will be linked to other disaster response agencies for enhanced coordination and effectiveness in response to disasters. The portal can be accessed via the link. http://disastermanagementkenya.co.ke