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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Oct. 30, 2000 - Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat)---Island nations have begun to prepare for the South Pacific cyclone season, which officially begins next week.

Job Esau, director of the Vanuatu Disaster Control Center, has been holding public information sessions this week.

Esau said that cyclone awareness is crucial in preparing for the worst.

"We’re holding briefings and meetings with people at the department and government level," he said. "I’m also having a series of meetings with private and non-governmental organizations as well."

Esau said he’s been getting positive responses from the community regarding the public information campaign.

"We’ve seen some private agencies improve their public education material," he said. "The information is much more clear to school students. They collect the information and go back to their communities to disseminate to their own families."

Esau said he will also receive better and faster information regarding cyclones through advanced technology.

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