The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) hosted a training and implementation workshop on the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) from 30 October to 2 November 2018. CAP is a common standard for disseminating hazard-related alerts. The workshop provided a platform for participants to share the best practice in adopting the CAP standard and its application in early warning systems for disaster risk reduction.
At the workshop, the HKO introduced the revamped Severe Weather Information Center (SWIC) website of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which incorporates warnings in CAP format from over 60 WMO Members, and shared the experience in implementing and operating an alert hub on a cloud-based platform in aggregating weather warnings issued by official weather services around the world.
The workshop is held every year at different places around the world and is co-organized by the WMO, the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS). The workshop held at Hong Kong this year was attended by 53 participants from about 20 countries with affiliation from different organizations such as official weather services, non-government, humanitarian and emergency management agencies, etc.