HEALTH MINISTER Dr Neil Sharma launched a national disaster awareness campaign last week.
The Get Ready — Disasters Happen campaign is a multimedia campaign which gives safety precautions on natural disasters in three languages.
Director National Disaster Management Office Manasa Tagicakibau stressed the importance of disaster knowledge and preparedness, as Fiji was exposed to many natural hazards such as tropical cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis and flooding.
Dr Sharma said the awareness campaign would cover remote areas such as the Eastern Division and Rotuma.
"Knowledge is power and knowing what to do in the event of a disaster will help keep our families safe," he said. Dr Sharma thanked the National Disaster Management Office and UNICEF Pacific for their support to the campaign.
UNICEF Pacific Communication Specialist Tomas Jensen commended the ministry's efforts in disaster management.
"Last year in December we witnessed how the strong commitment and action taken by the government to prepare everyone for the arrival of Cyclone Evan was one of the key success factors that resulted in not a single disaster-related casualty being registered from that disaster," he said.
"Strong disaster preparedness will save lives, minimise harm to the most vulnerable and reduce the economic loss and hardship that follows disasters."