New plan to improve emergency response
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.