During his working trip in the Republic of Korea the Russian Emergency Situations Minister has gotten familiar with the operation of the National Disaster Monitoring and Forecasting Center located in Seoul.
Vladimir Puchkov met with a representative of the Center O Ken Ren and said that the Russian Emergency Ministry was also able to demonstrate good operation in that area.
“We are very glad to have this meeting. And of course we are highly interested in the experience of our Korean colleagues who have formatted the whole situation monitoring system,” the Russian Minister said. “The Russian Emergency Minister also has and constantly develops a crisis management system. We have the National Crisis Management Center (NCMC) in Moscow and corresponding centers in all85 regions of Russia.”
He noted that Russia has more than 24,000 local authorities each of which has a single dispatcher service.
“We constantly monitor all natural threats, man-caused accidents and disasters, large traffic accidents and other problems,” Mr. Puchkov pointed out.
Mr. O Ken Ren, head of Information Department of the Korea’s National Disaster Monitoring and Forecasting Center, stressed that their organization reports to the Ministry of the Interior and Safety and implements roughly the same functions as the Russian NCMC. The Korea’s Center has two situation centers located in Seoul and Sokcho, the employees of which go to emergency sites.
He added that their organization also warns the population via cell phones.
“Our people have a special function in their cell phones and all of them can get a text message of an emergency via a satellite simultaneously. Our staff on duty at the time of the disaster make the decision to send the text,” Mr. O Ken Ren said and added that municipalities have recently gotten the right to send such messages.