AS the country braces for Tropical Cyclone Evan, people living in the outer islands have started necessary preparations and are not leaving things to the last minute.
Roko sau of Totoya Island, Josefa Cinavilakeba said villagers had combined and cut down tall trees closer to various houses for safety.
Mr Cinavilakeba said people had put up shutters on windows and secured their houses with rope as a precautionary measure.
"All villagers are working hand in hand and are prepared to face the cyclone if it hits," he said.
He said food supplies had also been stocked and all cassava plants had been cut so that the plants were not damaged during the cyclone.
"Those people living near coastlines have started shifting to a secure place," Mr Cinavilakeba said.
He said people living in weak houses had been shifted with their families to secure houses within the island.
"The whole village is ready and we are praying to God for everyone's safety," Mr Cinavilakeba said.
He said while the weather condition was calm, people were taking heed of weather reports.