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Hong Kong’s emergency and disaster response system

Source(s):  Chinese University of Hong Kong, the
Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC)

This policy brief outlines the existing three-tier emergency and disaster response system operating in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Despite past epidemics, there remains a low level of community awareness, participation in basic first aid training and emergency preparedness.

This brief presents recommendations which target to strengthen the response systems, to develop a competent and knowledgeable workforce, and to reduce the loss and suffering that occur during unexpected disasters. Engaging relevant stakeholders in contingency planning and equipping them with knowledge and skills on disaster preparedness; providing accessible information; organising drills and integrating psycho-social component in service are ways that could strengthen emergency response.

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  • Hong Kong’s emergency and disaster response system
  • Publication date 2015
  • Author(s) Chan, Emily Y.Y.; Yeung, May P.S.; Lo, Sharon T.T.
  • Number of pages 8 p.

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