AUTHORITIES in Nadi, Ba and Rakiraki are on standby as they prepare for the worst when Tropical Cyclone Evan is expected to hit Fiji later this afternoon.
Susceptible to constant flooding, authorities at the three main towns were not leaving any stones unturned as they prepared for the impending disaster.
Nadi district officer Peni Koro said schools operating as evacuation centres had all been activated.
"I just got confirmation around midday today (yesterday) from all Nadi school headteachers and principals that they have been instructed by the Ministry of Education to have the schools open and on standby," said Mr Koro.
"In total there's about 80 evacuation centres in Nadi and that includes community halls, churches and schools."
Mr Koro said teams on 24-hour shifts had also been activated.
"Currently we have two teams that will monitor the situation as it progresses. One team will be on standby from 6pm to 12 midnight and another team will takeover from 12 midnight to 6am.
"What we will do during this time is monitor the situation on the ground, delegate emergency responses and send out relief teams if the need arises," he said.
Provincial administrator Ba, Nacanieli Lomani said all 56 evacuation centres in Ba had been activated and stocked for those that might heed its shelter.
"We've gone out to all the villages and residential communities in Ba informing them of the situation and the cyclone's path. We've advised them to take all necessary precautions and given them directions to all the nearby evacuation centres.
"All government agencies in Ba including the Fiji Electricity Authority and the Water Authority of Fiji have been informed and given instructions.
"We had a meeting with Red Cross Fiji earlier today (yesterday) and they will be responsible for emergency supplies and rations," said Mr Lomani.
He added government contractors would also be ready if the need arises to clear out fallen trees from all public roads.
The Rakiraki Town has also taken similar steps while preparing for the worst, awaiting further instructions from the Natural Disaster Management Office.