New plan to im­prove emer­gency re­sponse

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - POLICY REVIEW -

China plans to build a na­tional man­age­ment sys­tem to bet­ter han­dle emer­gen­cies and be able to ef­fec­tively ad­dress risks threat­en­ing public safety, ac­cord­ing to a no­tice re­leased by the State Coun­cil on Wed­nes­day. In the 13th Five-Year Plan on Emer­gency Re­sponse Sys­tem (2016-20), a sys­tem to pre­vent and han­dle emer­gen­cies will be built by 2020 to tackle var­i­ous risks from nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, in­dus­trial pro­duc­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, public health, public se­cu­rity and cy­ber-se­cu­rity. The doc­u­ment aims to launch an eval­u­a­tion of emer­gency risks, an alarm sys­tem and a data­base of ma­jor risks. The govern­ment will make in­fra­struc­ture and ameni­ties more re­sis­tant to emer­gen­cies, es­pe­cially nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. More shel­ters will be built for sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties. Po­lice and armed forces will be trained to deal with emer­gen­cies. Pro­fes­sional res­cue teams should be or­ga­nized and trained to pre­pare for emer­gen­cies in fields such as chem­i­cal and nu­clear power in­dus­tries, the plan said.

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