Help to setup permanent Community Disaster Radio



To provide life saving timely information using FM radio, this project aims to setup permanent community radio which will act as Emergency Radio in Cuddalore District. The temporary Emergency Radio setup by SARANALAYAM Trust in Cuddalore Collector's Office is India's first "Cuddalore Emergency Radio 107.8 MHz" which helped 2015 flood victims. The proposed new Community Radio will help permanently the people of Cuddalore District in Indian State of Tamilnadu which is disaster prone.

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People of Cuddalore are affected by flood, cyclone every year. There is need for a local mass communication system to alert them for life saving timely information. When disaster strikes, there comes power failure. So the existing mainstream media will be ineffective to reach the people. Radio is a powerful tool during disaster which is not required power to operate and to receive the information.


The simple community radio will help the people with local specific information on time so as this will save human loss and property loss. Every household will be given an emergency radio receiver kit which has crank option which will charger the radio with sufficient power in worst condition of power failure for days together where people still can listen to radio for life saving important announcements.

Long-Term Impact

This project of using community radio to empower community will result in Disaster Resilient community where people are educated on Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Relief and Disaster Mitigation. The project supports to establish a permanent community radio station for Cuddalore. The temporary Cuddalore Emergency Radio 107.8 MHz setup by Saranalayam Trust at District Collector's Office helped the people during flood in 2015. There is need for permanent radio for disaster pron cuddalore District.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Cuddalore Emergency Radio 107.8 MHz
NDTV about Cuddalore Emergency Radio 107.8 MHz
Times of India about India's First Emergency Radio

Organization Information


Location: Cuddalore, Tamilnadu - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
John Nelson
CUDDALORE, Tamilnadu India

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