Now think of the word “disaster” and pay attention to the images that come to your mind. A tree uprooted by typhoon? Roads and cars submerged in water? Or a wrecked vehicle tumbled off the road?

A disaster is a serious disruption of the functioning of a society, causing widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses that exceed the coping ability of the affected society with its own resources [1]. In Hong Kong, some of the common disasters are:

  • Typhoons
  • Floods
  • Fires
  • Thunderstorms & Lightning
  • Extreme Heat
  • Infectious Diseases

One of the ways to better equip ourselves against disasters is to get to know about them. In this section, you may find:

Note:

  • [1] Terminology, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.