The government will conduct an emergency drill today to test the response capabilities of central and local authorities to deliver disaster relief in the event of an earthquake and nuclear accident, and to mark the 13th anniversary of the 921 Earthquake.
On Sept 21, 1999, a magnitude 7.6 tremor occurred at 1:47am, striking the central part of the country, the deadliest natural disaster in post-war Taiwan.
The following year, the government designated Sept. 21 an annual national disaster-prevention day.
“Through mock drills, we wish to raise public awareness of disaster prevention. The better we can prepare for natural disasters, the less impact such hazards will have,” Vice Premier Jiang Yi-hua (江宜樺) said on Wednesday.
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) will be at the Central Disaster Response Center to oversee relief efforts among ministry members and local officials, Jiang said.
Ma’s participation in the drill will demonstrate that the government pays great attention to disaster prevention and mitigation, Jiang said.
Meanwhile, Premier Sean Chen (陳冲) has told Minister Without Portfolio Simon Chang (張善政) to work with Central Geology Survey of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the National Land Surveying and Mapping Center of the Ministry of the Interior, and National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction to establish digital topographic data for the country.