Mar 29, 2018 Legal Comments Off on Taiwan shares expertise in disaster relief with Japan, South Korea
Taipei, The Taipei City Fire Department hosted an international search and rescue exchange forum on Thursday that brought together disaster relief experts from Taiwan, Japan and South Korea to share know-how and experience, including the response to Taiwan's recent Hualien earthquake, as a way of improving response effectiveness.
Huang Chien-hua (???), head of the department's disaster & rescue division, said the forum invited the Hualien County search team, which spearheaded the rescue mission in the aftermath of the magnitude 6.0 earthquake on Feb. 6, to outline their approach.
The rescuers discussed how they used the media and social media to put out information on people believed to be missing to elicit confirmation of their whereabouts, Huang said, recounting their presentation.
They then matched the information received with police resources and household registration data to determine who owned residential units hit by the earthquake but were not staying there and who was actually trapped in the rubble.
In a statement to the press of Feb. 9, the National Police Agency called this a tech-based approach similar to that used in criminal investigations. It also allowed them to reduce the number of missing people from 183 to seven in 60 hours following the earthquake.
Meanwhile, experts from Japan discussed their relief efforts in the wake of the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995 and the Tohoku earthquake on March 11, 2011.
South Korea, which does not suffer from frequent earthquakes, introduced the relief protocol and training base it has developed for disaster prevention and response work.
The roughly 100 people attending the forum will take part in disaster relief drills on Saturday.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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