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Hunan Releases Draft of Emergency Response Plan

The Hunan provincial government released a draft of its emergency response plan. It is touted as the first in China. The plan includes details on how to deal with natural disasters, accidents, and social unrest. It provides the authority needed to requisition supplies from private citizens if they are needed for emergencies. The draft plan does not provide details on how, in case of requisition, private citizens will be compensated. The draft plan divides the response into four levels: normal, larger, major, and highest emergency responses. Responsibility for implementation of the first three levels is with the county, municipal, and provincial governments. The State Council holds responsibility for the highest response level.

Source: Xinhua, October 19, 2010