Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) conducted field exercises at six different gambling venues to verify the emergency response measures during typhoons.
The drill was also to check and improve the existing emergency response mechanisms at the city casinos.
In the past two years, Macau casinos have suffered heavy losses by two T10 typhoons. It was Typhoon Hato in 2017 and Typhoon Mangkhut in 2018.
In 2017, the Typhoon Hato caused ten casualties and damage estimated MOP$11.5 billion. Typhoon Mangkhut in 2018, also caused a shutdown of 42 casinos for 29 hours.
In its statement about the exercise, the DICJ said that it was to “enable the supervisory and casino staff of the Bureau to effectively review the overall operational procedures, harmonize operational guidelines and improve them.”
The DICJ had already urged the gambling venues to have their emergency plans in place in case of any untoward situation as weather reports warned of Typhoons hitting the city.
Following the DICJ’s recommendations, two casinos, Legend Palace and Ponte 16, both owned and operated by SJM holdings, had floodgates installed at their gambling establishments.