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Taipei City considers special disaster office

Taipei City considers special disaster office

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taipei City Government was considering setting up a special disaster relief office directly under Mayor Ko Wen-je, reports said Friday.
The news followed a visit by Ko to the capital’s firefighting chiefs, which attracted attention because the new mayor demanded extra complicated fire drills, including one preparing for a cruise missile attack on Taipei 101.
The city’s fire department was reportedly considering following the example of the United States and Japan, and setting up a disaster relief office directly dependent on the mayor’s office, reports said.
Ko himself said the idea still needed some time, with experts needing to be invited before changes were made. He said he was satisfied with the present situation continuing for some time.
The mayor said that as a surgeon, he was interested in the management of disasters and the handling of the aftermath, but the responses he received often left him dissatisfied and others embarrassed. Ko said he wanted to know whether there had been drills to react to an outbreak of the Ebola virus, or to the event that missiles landed on Taipei 101 or on the Feitsui dam and water reservoir?
For drills scheduled next April 28, he demanded the most complicated version possible, reportedly provoking looks of surprise from the leading firefighters present.
Officials reportedly mentioned the possibility of putting a special body preparing for and responding to disasters directly under the supervision of the mayor himself to make the situation simpler and to avoid a waste of resources.
At present, the head of the capital’s fire department served as chief of the disaster management office. In future, he would be directly responsible to the mayor in the hope of making the service even more efficient, officials said.
The new office would have to coordinate the saving of people, the prevention of damage to buildings and the evacuation and relocation of disaster victims, according to officials.


Updated : 2021-09-18 07:22 GMT+08:00