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Taiwan prepares civil defense handbook

Local governments will be asked to add practical information

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Premier Su Tseng-chang and Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng at the Legislative Yuan.

Premier Su Tseng-chang and Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng at the Legislative Yuan. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of National Defense has been drawing up a civil defense handbook to teach people how to seek refuge during a war, Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) said Friday (March 4).

The military has been working on this project since last year. Once final approval comes, local governments could be allowed to add details, he said.

Chiu told lawmakers that the booklet will tell citizens where to go and what to do in the case of a major emergency, CNA reported. The recent Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused renewed interest in the location of air-raid shelters, with 105,000 bomb shelters available nationwide, according to recent reports.

Legislators questioned whether Taiwan’s military recruits should receive more training on handling anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons and whether the military should offer courses to members of the public eager to learn how to use guns.

Chiu reportedly pointed out recent military reserve reforms, such as the new All-out Defense Mobilization Agency set up in January and the introduction of new call-up methods.