Macau (MNA) – The Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak announced this Friday that legislation defining the structure and functioning of the future Civil Protection and Contingency Co-ordination Bureau (DPCCC) will be delivered to the Chief Executive next week.
The new civil protection bureau overhaul is part of the revision of the co-ordination for civil protection and rescue operations announced by the MSAR Government in the wake of Typhoon Hato.
The Secretary also added some of the short and middle term measures that would be implemented to keep residents informed in case general communications are not possible during a possible natural disaster.
“Many issues have arisen after the passage of Typhoon Hato in regard to the communication methods used by authorities to inform residents with TV and radio had transmission issues and it wasn’t possible,” the Secretary said.
According to the Mr. Wong, authorities have purchased 60 walkie-talkies that will be distributed through neighbourhood community associations to be used in case emergencies.
“Even if there are problems with general communications, at least neighbourhood associations could know what’s happening,” he added.
Authorities are also currently preparing to equip special vehicles and vigilance cameras in the city streets with sound systems to warn residents.
Special channels would also be established on TV, radio with a special section of the Unitarian Police Service (SPU) to be established and made responsible for these communication channels.
“We want to use the largest possible number of channels to spread our messages,” he added.