PROACTIVE measures saved the people of Kioa Island from the havoc caused by Tropical Cyclone Evan this week.
Being victims of cyclones in the past, the villagers made sure to put up shutters and store food and water prior to the onslaught of TC Evan on Sunday night.
Kioa Island Council chairman Samalu Taitai said yesterday they were fortunate this year because there was no major damage to houses and farms apart from debris.
"Most of us stayed in our own houses because they were well-secured but only a few who feared for their lives moved to the nursing station for shelter," Mr Taitai said.
"We are just so lucky that the cyclone came and passed us without ravaging our island as was the case in the past."
Mr Taitai was also thankful that people had taken heed of weather warnings, something they neglected to do on occasions in the past.
"We are starting to learn from our mistakes and now people are making it their business to adhere to warnings issued by the weather forecasting centre in Nadi," he said.
"Our water supply and food storage is not affected by the cyclone and we will continue to be on the lookout in case the weather changes again."