China issues emergency response plan
Updated: 2006-01-08 15:18
The State Council, China's cabinet, issued on Sunday a national plan on
emergency response, which will become a guidance on prevention and treatment of
various incidents in China.
The emergency response plan aims to increase the government's capability to
protect public safety, deal with unexpected incidents, minimize the losses of
the incidents, maintain social stability, and promote the harmonious and
sustainable development of the country.
The plan stipulates that the State Council is the highest organ in the
management of emergency response. An office in charge of emergency response
management will be set up by the State Council to collect information of various
incidents and coordinate the emergence response work.
The plan details the prescriptions on various aspects including forecast,
report, emergency response, investigation and evaluation of incidents. It also
clarifies the responsibilities of the departments in the fields of manpower,
finance, material resources, transportation, medical care, communications and so
Those who make outstanding contributions to emergency response will be
awarded, while those who fail to report the true state of incidents or cover up
accidents will be punished according to law and regulations, the plan says.
Incidents are divided into four categories by the plan, including natural
disasters, accidents, public health incidents and social safety incidents. They
are also ranked into four classes according to the incident's character, its
degree of harm, its controlling possibility and its scale of influence.
The plan applies to dealing with serious incidents involving several
All the provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities have
also made corresponding plans. Therefore, an elementary emergency response
framework has been set up in China.