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Disaster awareness week to be launched today

October 12, 2017 6:28 pm

The Ministry of Disaster Management will today launch disaster awareness week.

National Disaster Management Office Director – Anare Leweniqila says the awareness week is an opportunity for the public to learn more about the emergency response teams.

“The point where we start all these preparations for disaster including awareness for disaster, in terms of people’s understanding of what to do, how to respond, who to communicate with in times of natural disasters, so this is the week when we launch for the national exercise and also when our divisional teams will also put into place their preparations for disasters.”

Meanwhile one to two cyclones have been forecast for Fiji with four to six predicted for the region that may affect the county from next month.

Director Meteorological Services – Ravind Kumar says of the two cyclones that may hit Fiji, one is expected to reach a category three force or higher.

He says the public needs to start preparing themselves with their disaster kits as the cyclone season is only two weeks away.

The official program for the National Disaster Awareness week is expected to be opened by the Minister for Defense Ratu Inoke Kubuabola later this morning.