A cyclone ravaged the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu early on Saturday, killing at least 24 people and displacing upwards of 3,000, according to the United Nations. In the aftermath, we share resources for reporters on covering disaster, interviewing victims and survivors, and working with reporters exposed to traumatic events.
Resources for Disaster
In many towns and rural areas of the U.S., emergency-scene access is controlled by fire police, who work in tandem with other first responders. Reporters and editors of the York Daily Record in York, PA have assembled a tipsheet for reporters gathering news of accidents, fires, and larger-scale disasters where fire police come into play. Much of their advice applies as well to emergency scenes patrolled by regular police or fire brigades.
A section of CPJ's Journalist Safety Guide that addresses disaster specific safety considerations, especially for freelancers.
A PDF of the Reports Without Borders Safety Guide, which includes a chapter on Disaster safety beginning on page 52.
Following Superstorm Sandy, a new AP-NORC Center fellowship will focus on community resilience in times of crisis. Applications are now open!
In the largest loss of American firefighters since September 11, 2001, nineteen firefighters were killed while fighting a fast-moving wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona on Sunday.