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S. Korea: Gov't to Overhaul Disaster Manuals
Source: world.kbs.co.kr
Source Date: Monday, April 28, 2014
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Korea (Republic of)
Created: Apr 29, 2014

The government has decided to revamp its disaster-related manuals following criticism over its initial response to the sinking of the Sewol ferry.
 
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport will first review all accidents from various transportation modes to see if the current manuals in place have been effective. Based on the results, the ministry will revise the manuals.
 
The land ministry said it aims to minimize damage in major disasters by making sure government workers clearly understand their roles in the event of an accident. 

In the revised manuals, specific roles will be delegated to each worker, such as reporting to the manager or making a call to 119, in order to hold the workers accountable for their actions.  
 
The ministry said it will also launch a mobile application within the year to offer quick access to the revamped manuals.
 
Starting Monday, the government will carry out comprehensive safety inspections at some four-thousand facilities including bridges, dams, tunnels and construction sites. The government will inspect disaster-response systems at the sites as well.
 
The government will also look into companies commissioned with safety inspection and supervision to see if there has been any negligence in following basic rules and instructions.
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