Mattresses laid out at the typhoon shelter in Tap Seac Multisports Pavilion

Macau | Some 16 typhoon refuge centres and four emergency evacuation points announced

Macau (MNA) – Some 16 typhoon refuge centres and four emergency centres have been set up around the city, it was announced on Thursday during a tour of an emergency shelter set up in Tap Seac Multisports Pavilion by the Social Welfare Bureau (IAS).

According to a representative, around MOP3.5 million (US$432,902) was spent to develop these centres.

In order to preserve food and to reduce waste, 20 per cent of food will be distributed at the shelter, with any extra be distributed to food banks or private institutions.

If there is an emergency, the other 80 per cent of food will be distributed between the shelters.

In addition, the first formal test for an emergency broadcast system was carried out during Typhoon Bebinca on Monday.

Residents are asked to register to receive a card allowing family members to qualify for shelter, dry rations, mattresses, drinking water and a nursing room.

Various mobility friendly facilities will be available in the centres such as accessible lifts and toilets as well as hearing aids for those with hearing disabilities.

Visual aids for basic needs will be provided, namely flash cards to indicate hunger, headaches, and other needs.

The elderly and people with disabilities will be provided with a special bus at rendezvous points and will be transported to Tap Seac Multisports Pavilion, which has the additional space and facilities to provide services for those with special needs.

The 16 centres are located all across Macau, Taipa and Coloane, namely in Ilha Verde Typhoon Shelter Centre, Pavilhão Polidesportivo do Tap Siac Centre B, Pavilhão Polidesportivo do Tap Siac Centre B, Macau University of Science and Technology, Escola Luso-Chinesa Técnico-Profissional, Instituto Salesiano, Colegio Catolico Estrela do Mar, Pui Ching Middle School, Colegio Mateus Ricci, Taipa and Coloane Social Work Centre (Taipa sub-branch, Taipa Sports Centre, Macau Olympic Stadium, Taipa and Coloane Social Work Centre, Macau East Asian Games Dome, Macau Security Forces Training College and Flying Eagle Training Centre.

The four emergency evacuation points are located in Ilha Verde, Marginal do Patane, Mercado de Sao Laurenco, and Mercado de Sao Domingos Municipal Complex.