Sharon Reader talks us through her role as a beneficiary communications delegate for the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) after returning from nine months in Sierra Leone.
1. What does your job involve?
My job is to improve the way the Red Cross communicates with people before, during and after an emergency. This has ranged from running a radio show on cholera prevention, to setting up an emergency text message system to reach people with warnings of hurricanes, fires or floods.
In the chaos of a major disaster, information on what’s happening and where to go for help can be just as important as handing out food and water. As human beings we want to know what’s going on – especially during a crisis. More