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Contingency arrangements made by IACM to manage its greening facilities during tropical cyclones

If “Tropical Cyclone Signal no. 8 or above” is changed to “Tropical Cyclone Signal no. 3”, the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) will conduct inspection and assessment of all the greening and leisure facilities under its management to safeguard public safety. To avoid influence on its front line staff to carry out inspection of the places and emergency actions, the facilities will be closed to the public during the period. For those places that are equipped with gates or main entrances and exits, a notice sign will be put there to inform the public that they are closed temporarily. Members of the public should take note of it and consider using the facilities after the “list of reopened facilities” is announced.

After Tropical Cyclone Signal no. 8 is lifted, IACM will make an effort to announce a list of reopened facilities to the public within 24 hours concerning all closed greening areas. However, in case of Tropical Cyclone Signal no. 9 or above, a longer period for assessment is needed as there may be considerable influence on and damage to the greening facilities. Under the circumstances, after Tropical Cyclone Signal no. 8 is lifted, IACM will make an effort to announce a list of reopened facilities to the public within 72 hours concerning all closed greening areas.

Through statistical analysis and assessment, IACM will rate the degree of damage of the facilities, like parks, gardens, leisure areas, walking trails and dog walking areas, into three levels, namely “remain open”, “partially open” and “temporarily closed”. It will draw up a list of reopened facilities and announce it on the IACM website (www.iacm.gov.mo) and Macao Nature website (http://nature.iacm.gov.mo). The public are advised to pay attention to the announcement.