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Emergency training urged for residents

SHANGHAI has been busy beefing up security and anti-terrorism measures in the Metro network and inside the Expo site.

"Safety is the key to the success of Expo," Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng said yesterday.

But it is thought that few residents have a clear idea of how they should react in emergency cases such as a crash, fire or terrorist attack.

"I don't know whether I should escape, stay motionless or follow which staff member in case of an emergency," said Xu Haiqing, a political advisor.

To solve the problem, the city should set up a team of volunteer safety guides trained to tell the public what to do in emergency situations, top political advisors suggested to city officials at the ongoing CPPCC yesterday.

"I propose to set 1,000 safety workers in every 1 square kilometer on the site to guide people to evacuate in emergencies," said advisor Zuo Xuejin.

They should be very familiar with Expo pavilions and the evacuation routes and be equipped with communication devices and loudspeakers, Zuo said. He also suggested communities deliver useful emergency escape knowledge to residents.

Zhou Rong said in his proposal that a guidebook was needed to teach Metro passengers what to do in an emergency.

The guidebook should contain various emergency measures relating to different accidents, maps and also information on nearby transport, such as bus stations, so passengers can be evacuated as quickly as possible.

The book should be in both Chinese and English.

Zhou said the government should also set up headquarters which would assume control in an emergency and ensure a flow of information.

You Minjian, another political advisor, suggested that videos on emergency procedures should be played in Metro carriages.


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