WHILE Fiji is a month away from the cyclone season, the Fiji Red Cross Society is already planning how they can respond faster when natural disasters occur.
Society director general Filipe Nainoca said they had been conducting pre-cyclone briefing to all their branches in Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
This, he said was to help them set up their individual response centres.
"We will be buying more containers and reinforce our stock," Mr Nainoca said.
"From the recent natural disasters, we've learnt that we can quickly respond if we are better prepared."
He said they were looking at extending the amount of equipment and increasing response materials especially in the Western Division.
"We are looking at partnering with our 14 branches to see if we can move stock from one branch to another to assist the place that is affected the most."
He said in terms of volunteers, there were a lot of people who wanted to help, but they would need to be trained on how they could effectively respond to natural disasters.
Mr Nainoca said conducting training for volunteers would give them the ability to help people, creating awareness, and ensuring they understood and knew what they were supposed to do during disasters.