Taiwan publishes civil response manual to war outbreak and emergencies
Beijing, Apr 12 (EFE) .- The Taiwanese Ministry of Defense today presented a national defense manual that instructs civilians on how to act in the event of a war and possible disasters, official sources reported.
The purpose of the manual is “to provide the population with information on responding to emergencies such as a war outbreak and possible disasters” to “facilitate security preparations and increase survival capacity,” Liu Tai-yi, director of the mobilization department of the Defense portfolio.
The manual “designs different war scenarios” to “guide the response” of civilians and “describes the responsibilities of central and local governments” in the event of a crisis, in addition to “allowing the population to consult the indications of evacuation, medical attention and supplies,” Liu was quoted as saying by the Taiwanese news agency CNA.
The guide, inspired by similar publications in countries such as Japan or Sweden, includes basic survival skills in case of bombings, blackouts, collapsing buildings or fires and instructions to identify different emergency sirens.
The manual also details the goods that citizens should keep at home, including various types of medicine, bandages, tourniquets and tools such as a multi-purpose knife or emergency whistles.
Liu clarified that the presented manual is “a template” to be edited by local governments, detailing evacuation plans, medical care and air-raid shelters in each locality.
This is the first manual of this type published by Taiwan, a territory that China considers a rebel province for whose reunification it has not ruled out the use of force.
Tension in the Taiwan Strait has been heightened last year by numerous incursions by Chinese aircraft into what Taipei considers its Air Defense Identification Zone and by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s acknowledgment that the United States It has a military presence on the island “to train Taiwanese troops”, something that China described as a “provocation”.
The island is one of the main sources of conflict between China and the United States, mainly because Washington is Taiwan’s main arms supplier and would be its greatest military ally in the event of a war with China. EFE