Schools and Offices told to Adjust Schedules Based on New Weather Plan
The municipal government of Beijing is advising all employers, middle and elementary schools to be flexible in the scheduling of work and classes especially when confronted with extreme weather such as heavy rainstorms based on a new emergency response plan that was released on Wednesday.
When the red alert is issued the most serious warning in the emergency response plan for flooding and landslides. The municipal government must do their best in protecting its residents. All kindergartens, primary and middle school classes should be suspended and or closed and companies should change its working schedules. Orange alerts is the second highest level and when implemented all institutions can adjust their time to relieve the pressure in rush hour traffic.
Four alarms are issued and is based on the amount of rainfall, traffic conditions and other factors are now included in the new rainstorm warning system along with Prewarning forecasts that are sent by SMS.
Several heavy downpours have recently deluged Beijing as the flooding season is starting which is keeping the contingency forces on high alert. Last Wednesday a sudden downpour and hailstorm hit the northwestern are of Beijing which submerged several low roads.