The Fiji Red Cross Society has acknowledged the contribution of blood donors in Fiji saying this is a big humanitarian gift in terms of saving lives. Picture: SUPPLIED

The Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS) is striving to improve its response time to the public in times of natural disasters.

FRCS director general Ilisapeci Rokotunidau said the organisation had a system in place that allowed an early response to those affected.

“We’ve trained over 30 volunteers on community emergency response training so that they could go back and train other people within their own communities to better prepare for such events.”

FRCS operations manager Maciu Nokelevu said the organisation was equipping rural communities with the tools and personnel to become resilient.

“We are working with communities, the Government and our partners on how communities can bounce back faster should there be an emergency in their own communities.”

FRCS has assisted over 17,000 people in 3661 households affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasa.

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