“Safer Living 2.0” Launching Ceremony and Thematic Exhibition
"Safer Living 2.0" is a one-year cross departments/Non-Government Organisation public education event aiming to enhance public awareness to natural disasters (e.g. typhoon, storm surge, flooding, landslide, etc.) via a series of exhibitions, seminars, visits, contests, etc. Climate change can lead to more frequent extreme weather events. Hong Kong will be subjected to more severe and more frequent natural hazards. Therefore, it is necessary to strengthen awareness of the public with respect to disasters preparedness knowledge, as well as self-help tips for natural disasters. With these self-help tips, the public could avoid casualties when a disaster comes, and so could wait for rescue. This, in turns enhances community resilience against natural disasters.
Organisers include Civil Engineering and Development Department, Hong Kong Observatory, Drainage Services Department, Development Bureau (Tree Management Office), Security Bureau, Fire Services Department, Auxiliary Medical Service, Civil Aid Service, Hong Kong Red Cross and Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute.
Launching ceremony for "Safer Living 2.0" took place on 10 June 2019 at PMQ, Central. Officiating guests of honor include:
1. The Hon Mrs Carrie LAM, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
2. Dr Donald LI, Chairman of Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute
3. Mr Stephen MA, Chairperson of Community Resilience Strategic Committee, Hong Kong Red Cross
4. Mr Michael WONG, Secretary for Development
5. Mr Ricky LAU, Director of Civil Engineering and Development
6. Ir Dr Hon LO Wai-kwok, Chairman of the Legislative Council Public Works Subcommittee
7. Mr CHAN Hak-kan, Chairman of the Legislative Council Panel on Security
8. Mr Kelvin LO, Director of Drainage Services
9. Mr LI Kin-yat, Director of Fire Services
10. Dr CM CHENG, acting Director of Hong Kong Observatory
11. Mr WK PUN, Head of Geotechnical Engineering Office
12. Mr Aaron BOK, Head of Civil Engineering Office
After the launching ceremony, the thematic exhibition was opened to public from 11 to 19 June 2019. The exhibition demonstrated, via a big board game, different natural hazards and disasters and self-help tips against these disasters. The exhibition also provided STEM workshops, panels showing the organisers' works against natural disasters, 3D photo booths, etc.