In pictures - Fiji Red Cross preparedness activities

The Pacific is a region highly vulnerable to disasters. The National Red Cross Societies in the region have been working for many years with at-risk communities in order to strengthen their resilience against these disasters. These are some of the preparedness and risk reduction activities by the Red Cross to help make their communities safer and stronger.


For the past several years, the Red Cross in Fiji has been conducting trainings on disaster preparedness for community members and Red Cross volunteers. Benoit Matsha-Carpentier / IFRC


Children at a primary school in Fiji where flooding has occurred multiple times in the past few years. Each time the level gets higher because of erosion on the surrounding mountains. Climate change is a concern and cyclones only increase their existing vulnerability. Benoit Matsha-Carpentier / IFRC


The trainings inform people on life-saving information such as where to flee during a tsunami and which supplies are needed when you evacuate. Benoit Matsha-Carpentier / IFRC


The trainings also focus on how best to use mobile phones and listen for important messaging on radio stations. Benoit Matsha-Carpentier / IFRC


The trainings are conducted on the ground with promotional materials such as brochures and posters that can be easily distributed within the communities. Rob Few/IFRC

The local community representatives that are trained by Red Cross volunteers can then pass on their knowledge and training to others in their community. Benoit Matsha-Carpentier / IFRC


Information can save lives. Red Cross posters inform communities on some of the basics for an emergency including flooding, cyclones and tsunamis. Rob Few/IFRC


Sala Kato, 32 years of age, helps run an Emergency response Training conducted by the Fiji Red Cross. Benoit Matsha-Carpentier / IFRC


Educating the next generation is key to saving lives and ensuring the disaster risk reduction measures are sustainable. Benoit Matsha-Carpentier / IFRC