FIJI did well to recover from the destruction of Tropical Cyclone Evan, but there is still more to be done.
These were the sentiments of National Disaster Management Office director Manasa Tagicakibau who said because Fiji was relatively high on the disaster risk for category four cyclones, the nation needed to be prepared for such disasters.
"At this workshop, we are working towards creating policies and guidelines for the Pacific Humanitarian Team, which was initiated in 2008," Mr Tagicakibau said.
"For Fiji, this concept assisted the government in responding to our affected areas. To bring it down to a national level, we then created a cluster concept which is the grouping together of similar type agencies that respond to the different respective sectors."
He explained that these concepts did well to cushion the impacts of TC Evan last year, but that the nation can still do better.
"In Fiji, the concept of 'Build Back Better' is the concept that we as a nation are working towards.
"This means that even the houses that we rebuild, the houses that were destroyed, we will build back houses that can withstand category four cyclones because that's one of the major hazards in Fiji."
Mr Tagicakibau is part of the 6th Annual Pacific Humanitarian Team Regional Workshop currently taking place at the Holiday Inn in Suva.