10:05 | 16/07/2015 Science - Technology
(VEN) - According to Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade and Head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Disaster Response and Search and Rescue Committee Hoang Quoc Vuong, related authorities should prepare and practice joint disaster response and search and rescue programs reports.
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The Ministry of Industry and Trade has always prioritized disaster response and search and rescue activities in sectors prone to accidents and natural disasters, such as oil and gas, power generation and chemical production.
Several incidents last year underlined the lack of sufficient natural disaster response plans due to a substandardly-trained teams and a lack of preparatory work, said Hoang Quoc Vuong.
Le Hong Thai, Head of the Health Safety and Environment Department under the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group said, “In all cases, disaster response plans should be well prepared in advance so we are ready to implement search and rescue activities at a moment’s notice.”
“Our mine emergency centers have thoroughly prepared search and rescue plans that are capable of saving lives and mitigating losses when incidents occur,” said Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Coal - Mineral Industries Group Khuat Manh Thang.
According to Deputy General Director of the Vietnam Electricity Dang Hoang An, the group has issued documents directing sectoral disaster response and search and rescue activities including drills and rehearsals along with a thorough improvement of technical and technological infrastructure.
Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Petroleum Group Vuong Thai Dung suggested that uniform damage reports should be used in emergency situations to facilitate statistical work. A ministry should review and return these reports to its affiliates for comparison and adjustment for later operational plans.
Groups and corporations should set up their own disaster response and search and rescue steering systems based on corporate specific characteristics in order to prepare better plans to cope with disasters as well as deployment of search and rescue tasks. In addition, they should focus more on disaster response and search and rescue related training so as to minimize risks and losses, said Hoang Quoc Vuong.
He also asked the Disaster Response and Search and Rescue Committee’s Permanent Office to prepare disaster situations and corresponding effective solutions manuals and required a close coordination between local and central authorities including industry and trade departments.