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'Prepare for the worst'

Manasa Kalouniviti
Saturday, November 19, 2016

THE director of Fiji Meteorological Services, Ravin Kumar, told business representatives at the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council meeting on Wednesday that everyone including businesses must take adverse weather alerts seriously.

"You as a business must prepare for the worst when a cyclone or flood alert is given out by FMS," he said.

Mr Kumar outlined the values of FMS which included honesty, innovation, leadership, professionalism, teamwork and dedication.

"And without teamwork we cannot go far, so therefore with this business council we'd like to team up with you as well as provide the necessary information that you require to assist you do your daily work so it's business as usual whether it's a disaster period or post-disaster period."

He said FMS was also working closely with Vodafone and Digicel in terms of texting out some information and that they might reach some determination on how they would do that before the coming cyclone season.

"It may not be apparent within the next few months but we anticipate that by February we will get something going," Mr Kumar said.

The FMS head also spoke at length on how the FMS produced its weather reports especially how alerts were handed out when cyclones or impending floods were about to hit the country.

Fiji Red Cross director Filipe Nainoca made a presentation to the business council on how his organisation and the business council can work together in times of natural disasters to assist victims.

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