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 . In Hong Kong, some of the common disasters are:
- 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:
-  Terminology, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.