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The destruction caused by natural or man-made disasters can be extensive. Response resources, communications, transportation and utilities could be severely restricted or overwhelmed in times of disaster. While emergency services personnel are the best trained and equipped to respond, they may not be immediately available in a catastrophic disaster.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute (HKJCDPRI) has been working closely with community partners to design and implement capacity building and awareness raising programmes for the members of the community. With joint efforts from the different players in the community, individuals and communities can be empowered to take responsibility, and make choices that can protect their lives and properties, drawing on the guidance and resources provided. We are devoted to engaging and mobilising individuals and communities, to actively plan and prepare for future shocks. Through a range of public education initiatives, we envisage enabling community members to assess risks, plan for preparedness measures, and take actions to reduce their exposure and vulnerability to potential hazards.
The capacity building objectives for community engagement are achieved by two key programmes: