Natural disasters that occur in Hong Kong are generally the result of severe weather conditions such as heavy rain, storm surges, thunderstorms and tropical cyclones. These events can result in considerable disruption to transport and other essential services and cause floods, landslips and other incidents giving rise to casualties. Tsunami, which is a geophysical hazard that poses a threat to coastal communities worldwide, has a very small chance of affecting Hong Kong significantly. The consequences of any natural disaster and the counter measures required to deal with it will vary according to the circumstances.
This contingency plan summarises the Government’s alerting systems and organisational framework for responding to such disasters. Functions and responsibilities of Government departments and other bodies in the event of natural disasters including those resulting from severe weather conditions are also set out in this Contingency Plan.
In addition to this Plan, each department has its own detailed operational instructions.
This Plan was written by the The Hong Kong Government on November 2015.