THE Pacific Countries Focus Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction has extended its services by conducting workshops in disaster-prone areas in the west.
The organisation has completed several workshops in the Yasawa Group on ways of reducing disaster damage.
Field officer Taina Naivalu said the objective was to reduce disaster risk and for the people to understand safety requirements during and after a disaster.
"We are focusing on the shelter project program which is the transitional shelter in the informal sector," said Mrs Naivalu.
"This program is to discuss with participants the kind of disasters they usually encounter and ways which they can minimise the impact of a disaster.
"We are also helping them with emergency responses and how and when to vacate their homes for evacuation centres.
"More importantly we are educating these participants to reduce the impact of disasters. We have conducted workshops in all the districts in Yasawa in our effort to help the people."
Participant and Natabua Sea Side resident Taniela Bati said the workshop taught him many lessons.
"Our place is a flood-prone area and is always flooded during heavy rain," he said.
"This workshop has taught me to make sure the village is always clean and the drains are cleared at all times to avoid blockage."
The team was at the Lautoka Correctional Service Hall in Natabua yesterday conducting workshops for the people of Navutu, Velovelo and Natabua Seaside.