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Radio Systems To Play Vital Role In New Cyclone Season

The nine stations installed with High Frequency (HF) radio systems in the Northern Division will play a vital role in disseminating information to first responders. This will be most effective
27 Sep 2022 16:00
Radio Systems To Play Vital Role In New Cyclone Season
(Second from left) Commissioner Northern, Uraia Rainima.

The nine stations installed with High Frequency (HF) radio systems in the Northern Division will play a vital role in disseminating information to first responders.

This will be most effective during the upcoming cyclone season, which begins in November.

The Japanese Government provided US$87,000 (FJ$198,955.95) for the HF radio systems installation programme which was commissioned in December 2021.

The nine stations are located at Labasa, Seaqaqa, Lekutu, Nabouwalu, Kubulau, Savusavu, Saqani, Tukuvesi and Taveuni.

 

The HF radio system is a fully upgraded system, which adds new digital features to the previously analog voice system so that texting, mobile calls and emails could be sent without any communication difficulty during a natural disaster.

Commissioner Northern, Uraia Rainima said the equipment would help first responders and health teams to receive accurate and timely information on areas most prone to cyclone devastation.

This would help the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) team in the North to preposition resources for people in need of urgent assistance.

 

He said the installation would ease their communication issues faced during the event of natural disasters.

Mr Rainima said during the recent Tropical Cyclones Yasa and Ana, they were unable to communicate efficiently with their Government stations, district offices and people living in those remote areas of Vanua Levu.

“The consistency of receiving correct information is vital in understanding the health and safety of residents,” he said.

“This installation will assist us to get vital on-the-ground reports, following which will enable us to plan, strategise and respond to early recovery processes.”

 

Story by: Sampras Anand

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