This section provides a brief overview of key things to consider when you will be reporting in a space of environmental disaster. This could include major storms (tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding), earthquakes, wildfires or building collapse, among other weather-related or structural damage.
The following Top Tips, Gear List and Resources represent a brief introduction to these safety concerns for reporting in disaster zones. The information and resources are not comprehensive nor do they offer sufficient preparation for any war or conflict zone. We encourage you to review the more expansive list of resources in the keyword-searchable J-SOS Safety Resource Database.
Garmin In-Reach Messenger
Car power inverter
portable jump starter
Mosquito repellent and net
Spray bug repellent
Water and snacks
You are a Dominican freelance photojournalist who has been assigned to cover the approach of a potentially devastating hurricane in Haiti by a major newspaper who is a frequent client of yours. This is your first time covering an environmental disaster but your proximity makes you an ideal reporter for the job. You will travel to the expected eye of the hurricane two days before landfall and will remain for several days after if it has an impact as big as expected.