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Prepare now: Rika

By MAIKELI SERU Prepare now before disaster arrives, Commissioner Eastern, Lieutenant-Colonel Netani Rika told the people of Lomaiviti in Levuka yesterday during the National Disaster Awareness Week campaign. Lieutenant-Col Rika
11 Oct 2012 08:38

By MAIKELI SERU

Prepare now before disaster arrives, Commissioner Eastern, Lieutenant-Colonel Netani Rika told the people of Lomaiviti in Levuka yesterday during the National Disaster Awareness Week campaign.
Lieutenant-Col Rika said the campaign had stressed to islanders of Ovalau and Lomaiviti the importance of preparing for disasters.
“Our disaster season starts next month and this is the time to prepare. We have to prepare now to be proactive instead of being preventative,” he said.
“Most times we react when a disaster hits us. People have to take heed of the disaster warning in the media because we have to prepare ourselves and know what is happening to avoid getting into trouble.”
The campaign was simultaneously held in Vunisea, Kadavu and Lakeba in Lau.
“Maritime islands are always being the worst affected, so we are holding campaigns at their doorsteps to educate them on what to do and how to react and prepare before a disaster happens. We have Government ministries like the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji, iTaukei Affairs, Ministry of Health, Metereology Service, and other departments here to educate members of the public.
“The response has been good and the campaign will continue until Friday,” Lieutenant-Col Rika said.
He said Levuka Town would be closed tomorrow for half a day for mock tsunami drills and exercises to educate the people on what to do when a tsunami struck.
The campaign was launched at Levuka Town, the old capital by the acting deputy Secretary for Local Government, Talei Rokotuibau on Tuesday.




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