An Introduction to Disaster Preparedness and Readiness for Freelance Photographers and Writers

The hurricane season might be coming to an end, and yet…. Sometimes hurricanes reach places like Puerto Rico and the East Coast of the U.S. late in the season (remember Sandy?) So, it’s always a good time to remind ourselves what to do in case of a natural disaster. Here’s again a #tbt post on disaster preparedness for freelance writers and photographers, an interview with Simon Pereira Shorey, President of Resilient JC.

ALINA OSWALD

Disaster Preparedness and Readiness 101 – Tips for Freelance Photographers and Writers

President of Resilient JC, Simon Pereira Shorey, offers advice on disaster preparedness and readiness to independent reporters

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“Getting caught in the rain” in a Pina Colada song scenario might seem like fun. Getting caught in the rain of a hurricane might not be that desirable. In a natural (or man-made) disaster, many seek shelter, but many reporters, including independent reporters, go out or are sent out on assignment to cover those very disasters. Some are caught in disaster-stricken areas, while on assignment.

If we find ourselves reporting from disaster-stricken areas, as freelance photographer and writers, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to protect ourselves, and also our gear. But what exactly should we be aware of and what exactly…

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