The EMSD always plans ahead and prepares for the worst. We keep the public E&M systems properly maintained at all times. With reliable E&M facilities, public safety as well as people's lives and properties are well protected. In case of emergency, our Emergency Control Centre plays an active role in closely monitoring the operation of E&M facilities and making prompt responses. In August this year when super typhoon Hato hit Hong Kong, our Emergency Control Centre mobilised our internal engineering teams effectively and collaborated closely with other government departments in rising to the challenges. Thanks to the dedication and perseverance of various colleagues, the damaged public E&M facilities were quickly restored after the typhoon.
During Hato’s visit, Hurricane Typhoon Signal No. 10 was hoisted. Although Hong Kong looked calm, the storm surge was further intensified by the astronomical tide, raising the sea water level by four metres. As a result, many of the E&M facilities were damaged to varying degrees. They included traffic lights on busy streets, seven severely flooded pedestrian subways, and boarding gangways at six ferry piers across the territory.
The Emergency Control Centre took such effective contingency measures as liaising with our internal engineering teams to co-ordinate manpower and work; collaborating with the Transport Department to race against time to repair damaged traffic lights while the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 was still in force; providing pumping facilities to assist the Highways Department in clearing water from flooded pedestrian subways so as to repair the lighting inside as quickly as possible; and sending engineering staff to various piers to carry out urgent repairs around the clock.
The EMSD is capable of coping with any emergency. Equipped with the necessary engineering skills and experience, we are able to make sound judgements in response to any emergency, no matter big or small, and take the most appropriate actions in no time to protect public safety.