It is common for Hongkongers to consider their home a place safe from large-scale disasters, but let statistics speak: in 2009 - 2019, 19 of the tropical cyclones hitting the city had the strength that reached Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above [1], causing more than 1,000 casualties. To name but a few, Super Typhoons Hato in 2017 and Mangkhut in 2018 led to over 120 and 450 injuries respectively [2] [3]. Economic loss arisen from Hato was estimated to reach HKD 8 billion [4]. As for Manghkut, some scholars and experts estimated a loss of HKD 1 billion, while some believed it could amount to as high as HKD 200 billion [5].

Better physical preparedness (e.g. storing a reasonable amount of food and drinking water at home before severe typhoon) help reduce the impacts of disasters, thereby safeguarding our life and property [6]. Moreover, sufficient preparations help us feel less anxious and calmer to respond to threats, so that we can make sound decisions in times of chaos and emergencies [7]. To maximize the effectiveness of physical preparedness, we need to have psychological preparedness as well [8]. That's why we have measures of both psychological and physical preparedness shared on this website, which also facilitates you to access comprehensive information at one-stop.

Disaster preparedness covers 4 areas, i.e. disaster knowledge, response plans (both physical and psychological), life and property protection and initiation of recovery. Different people play different roles, depending on whether you are a member of the public (For Individual), a resident or a leader of the community (For Community), disaster worker (For Disaster Worker) or managerial personnel of organizations (For Organizations). You can take corresponding actions to get ready before disasters. Only with the concerted efforts of everyone will disaster preparedness be rendered effective.

Note: