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Be prepared, urges FEA

Ropate Valemei
Sunday, December 16, 2012

THE Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) is urging the public to take precautionary and preventative measures.

FEA has issued a warning on fallen wires as strong winds and waterlogged ground can result in trees and branches falling and bringing down power lines.

"Any fallen power line is dangerous; it can kill. We are urging the public to take necessary precautions and preventative measures during the cyclone," an FEA spokesperson said yesterday.

The authority will wait on weather reports from the weather office in Nadi so they can put down wind turbines in Sigatoka.

"We are usually prepared for this kind of situation but one of the problems would be the power lines as they are exposed. We cannot do anything about this."

FEA has prepared well for this cyclone with standby generators for all the main centres in Fiji. "We have back-up generators for all the main centres in Fiji that will supply electricity if there is a power cut during the cyclone. These are generators that are running on diesel fuel. We look after our assets very well and have prepared to protect whatever we can," the FEA spokesperson said.

The FEA is advising people to stock up on batteries, candles, lights and other necessities before the cyclone hits.

"People have to act now before it is too late."