19th January 05:24 AM
National Emergency Operations Centre activated to prepare for the weather system forecasted to move through the Fiji Group
By Rashika Kumar
Wednesday 15/01/2020
National Disaster Management Office Director Vasiti Soko

The National Emergency Operations Centre has been activated to prepare for the weather system which is forecast to move through the Fiji Group from later tomorrow.

National Disaster Management Office Director Vasiti Soko says they have briefed the Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum on the situation and have also updated him on the preparedness measures taken.

Soko says the police and the military are also on stand by if the need arises.

She is once again urging people to take necessary measures to ensure they are secured.

Soko also adds that if people are unsure about their nearest evacuation centre or need assistance with evacuation then they can call the Divisional Emergency Operations Centre on 3319250 or their nearest police station.

People in the Central Division can call 5332, Western residents can call 4503327, Eastern division can call 7775485 or 3313400 while the Northern residents can contact 8811322 or 8811005.

People can also call the Police Command Centres for assistance. The Western Command Centre can be contacted on 9905457, Northern Command Centre on 9905722, Southern Command Centre on 9905529 and the Eastern Command Centre on 9905563.

Soko also adds that their team will be going to Lau Group with supplies and food rations after this system passes.

Soko says this decision has been made in consultation with their officers on the ground who have assured the office that they have enough supplies to sustain them.

She says they had initially planned to deploy 80 officers to the group but they cannot afford to do that now as another system is approaching.

Soko says they are still waiting for reports from other stakeholders who returned from Kadavu last week on the effects of Tropical Cyclone Sarai on the island.

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