Speech at Panel on Security

Government’s preparedness for the approach of typhoon season and related natural disasters and emergency response

New information technology platform for dissemination of natural disaster and typhoon-related information

Referring to paragraph 9 of the Administration’s paper, Mr CHAN Chun-ying asked how the dissemination of inaccurate information would be prevented under the new electronic platform Common Operational Picture (“COP”). He also sought information on the division of work among different government departments in relation to the dissemination of information under COP.

Deputy Head of Geotechnical Engineering Office (Planning & Standards), Civil Engineering and Development Department responded that COP was a new electronic platform with Geographic Information System functions for sharing real-time emergency information on landslides, flooding and major road incidents handled by various government departments. COP sought to complement and enhance the sharing of emergency information among policy bureaux and government departments. It would not replace the dissemination of emergency information by individual government departments. A trial version participated by eight government departments had been launched for testing for more than a year and a full version would be put on trial for about one year. COP would be launched by stages. The first stage, during which eleven government departments had agreed to share information, would be launched in early 2019 and fully implemented a year later. COP would be extended to more government departments in the second or third stage.