Since 2017, two major typhoons struck the enclave of Macau. Because of them, the city gambling regulators decided to ensure that there is no disaster that risks property and life in 2019. Now, the DICJ (Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau) started to institute a program that will elevate readiness.
This should stop any storm from crippling or even stopping the gaming industry. With the season of storms approaching, the regulators announce a start to field exercise that will ensure emergency response procedures are up to the task. Some of these will get updates, while others will get an increase in efficiency. All six major casinos are a part of the exercise and willing to help up the enclave’s response even in the case of a major typhoon.
As it appears now, the need for diligence is not the government being overly cautious. The Weather forecasts are showing prediction of a very violent storm season. In fact, the region and Macau will see anywhere between four and six big storms hitting this year.
Content of Field Exercise
The exercises are designed to test a range of potential catastrophes that can occur inside of a storm hit. These include a breakdown in all communication because of the storm. This alone could be a big problem because of the general crowdedness of Macau and the fact that most casinos rely on advanced technology for their safety.
Now, however, the government hopes that joint exercises that connect the casino operators with government agencies and many of its departments, should lower the risks. There is no doubt that the storms can cause major disruption. In 2017, the typhoon Hato his and it was followed by Typhoon Mangkhut a year later. Hato claimed the lives of 10 people and cause damage worth over $11 billion.
The last storm resulted in huge flooding of the area and left all 42 casinos closed for over 24 hours. The destructive power of a typhoon is thus clear in Macau. The experience of the previous two years, on the other hand, shows that these are not one-in-a-decade events. Instead, in 2019, once again a catastrophic storm could be bearing down on the enclave.
Because of this, even individual casinos like the Ponte 16 and facilities including Macau Fisherman’s Wharf installed special barriers and floodgates. These should both protect the property from big damage and ensure they can keep working otherwise.
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