Nanjing to give out earthquake emergency kits to 30,000 households

16:41, March 16, 2011      

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Nanjing, the capital city of east China's Jiangsu Province, will give out 30,000 earthquake emergency kits for free in 2011, according to the Nanjing Municipal Civil Air Defense Office (NMCADO).

However, as the tendering and procurement process is currently underway, the first batch of emergency rescue kits will be allocated at the end of May or in early June at the earliest.

The NMCADO said in February 2011 that it would invest more than 6 million yuan to give out emergency rescue kits to 30,000 households mainly in eight districts south of the Yangtze River.

In the aftermath of the Japan earthquake, many are aware of the necessity of owning an emergency rescue kit. Nanjing's move has universally been praised by netizens. A netizen said, "Since earthquakes are unforeseeable, we should prepare an emergency rescue kit in case of disasters."

An official from the NMCADO said that each emergency kit is temporally priced at 200 yuan. The 30,000 emergency rescue kits will be given out to 30,000 households through a lottery.

There are 1.6 million to 1.7 million households in Nanjing, so it is impossible to give out an emergency kit to each of the households. The use of the lottery mechanism is aimed at fairness. The official added that the first batch of emergency rescue kits will be allocated at the end of May or in early June at the earliest.

An emergency rescue kit includes daily necessities, such as a towel, a carpet, a raincoat, bowls and chopsticks along with more than 10 types of articles, such as an emergency evacuation rope, a light-water fire extinguisher, a multifunctional hammer combination tool, a multifunctional shovel, a multifunctional radio, a police whistle and a drug emergency package.

"The emergency rescue kits that will finally be handed out will possibly be different from the samples, but they will surely include some common emergency items," the official said.

It is said that the NMCADO will invite experts to teach residents how to use these lifesaving tools at the site of the emergency rescue kit allocation. Furthermore, an emergency rescue kit will come with a video disc introducing how to use each lifesaving tool.

By People's Daily Online

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