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MESSAGE OF THE DIRECTOR

There is no emergency situation
without  a way out.
Even if the moment is most critical,
desperate or hopeless, do not despair.

 


Dear colleagues, heads of public administration and self-government bodies - ministers, principals, Governors, mayors and village mayors, journalists and media executives, pupils and students, teachers and lecturers, dear people.

Every year a serious damage is caused to our country and people by natural, man-made, environmental, epidemic and social disasters. International experts note that disasters hit poor and developing countries worst, since these lack the capacity to make serious investments in emergency situations management.

Under such conditions, the level of awareness and preparedness of our population is very important, owing to which the consequences of all kinds of emergency situations, i.e. number of casualties , as well as material losses, can be decreased by some forty percent.

During the earthquake in Spitak in 1988 we witnessed the devastating consequences of inadequate preparedness. 20 years ago a destructive disaster happened which we were not prepared for. But are we ready now for the next earthquake?

Unlike our Soviet compatriots, who were unaware of grief and indifferent to sorrow, today we know for sure that quakes can happen and the shocks can measure seven points and even higher. But if there is a clear-cut threat and if, unfortunately, it is not the only one, then we simply have to be prepared for it.

Today our staff is close to the realization of a dream cherished since 1988, which is to establish a unified cognitive,  consultative and educational information field that will help us deal with emergency situations, make our lives safer and better protected. We conditionally named this project 01-02-03…09.

For almost 20 years we have been moving towards the accomplishment of this idea, with various and at various achievements and success at different: in 1990 during the years of chaos and war we initiated the “02” TV program, the radio, weekly newspaper, computer centre, afterwards the news program on Nork TV channel and the “03+” TV program series.

In 1997 the “Emergency Channel” TV program was created under the heading of “01-09”, in 2001 the “Emergency Channel” internet website was launched, in 2003 the “Emergency Newspaper” came out, and in 2007, with USAID and UNDP support,  the spacious apartments for “Emergency Channel” were built with the briefing centre, TV pavilion and training centre.

By clearly defining the purpose, and gradually overcoming all the hindrances, today we can state that all the preconditions are created for raising the awareness and preparedness level of public administration and local self-government bodies and the public.

Today, jointly with local and international experts we are creating an information depository of all the threats and risks to our country and population, and the basics of their management. The “Emergency Channel” TV Company, the radio, the newspaper and website, as well as the daily expanding library of “Emergency Channel” will try to make the information field more complete.

We expect to achieve the following results in the next five years of “Emergency Channel” activities:

- To enhance the preparedness and awareness levels of public administration and local self-government bodies and the population by several times;

-  To engage almost all mass media outlets of the country into the ESs information management sector. Thus they will perform their social duty of transmitting information and providing knowledge to the public in a more professional and knowledgeable way at the  prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and rehabilitation stages of ESs;

-  The “Emergency Channel” will be broadcast on national TV and radio channels on a regular basis, in collaboration with all other TV companies, including those from marzes;

-  Criteria will be developed for the assessment of public awareness and preparedness level;

-  There will be a complete, regularly updated database regarding ESs and the associated risks. The Emergency weekly will consist of sixteen pages and will be in color; the Emergency Channel website will become interesting and important for everyone, including schools and universities;

-  An inter-ministerial crisis information management news centre (NC) will be created; during emergency situations the country will speak in one voice.

-  Journalists, media representatives and PR personnel, ESs response organizations and students from schools of journalism will be trained at the training centre of “Emergency Channel”

-  Many programs, literature, educational and cognitive materials on emergency situations from all over the world are translated into Armenian;

-  “Disaster Resistant Communities”, “Firefighters-Rescuers in the Communities” and “Disaster Resistant Schools” projects will be implemented in all marzes;

-  Public awareness centres will be established in all marzes;

-  All the marzes will have ESs defense plans/projects, that will be included in development programs of the marzes; and

-  The economic losses will decrease by boosting sustainable economic development and poverty reduction in marzes.

Dear journalists, people responsible for media and public relations, heads of ESs response  organizations, this plan is a plan for all of us, and this is the one of the safety foundation cornerstones for our people and our country, which we have to launch together.

Emergency Channel has been providing emergency media information to all of you for more than ten years already; from now on it will do more through new and better designed channels.

We wish good luck and two-way traffic for our efficient cooperation bridges.

 
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