|Qinglong County Administrators Issue Early Warning Four Days Before Earthquake|
Attending Members: Zhang Pingyi, Yu Shen, Chen Yongfu Ma Gang Other Attendee: Sun You Chairperson: Zhang Pingyi Meeting date/time: July 24th, 1976; 8:30 PM Minutes by: Chai Wanhui Meeting place: Small Conference Room at the County Committee Meeting Notes: Wang Chunqing, of the Science Committee, reports on the main points of the earthquake conference. There may be, from July 22 to August 5, a magnitude 5 earthquake, location is the Beijing-Tianjin-Tangshan-Bohai- Zhangjiakou region; from the second half of this year to the beginning of next year, a magnitude 8-9 earthquake may occur. Our County has a total of 16 monitoring sites, of which 6 sites are equipped with instruments. The Earthquake Office should write up information on earthquakes and send it to the broadcasting station for dissemination. The Office should emphasize that there may soon be an earthquake, and that its effects can be mitigated. Pay attention to the following tasks: auditoriums, movie theatres, and other places where people gather, should receive special attention; also pass down instructions that each monitoring station should report in a timely manner relevant observations; people on duty must be on alert. Pay attention to safety measures at schools. Assign people to special duty at the monitoring sites for this period of time; the county Earthquake Office should receive daily reports from these sites. 1. Strengthen leadership at all levels to complete the tasks ahead. 2. Promote dissemination of information and education on earthquakes. 3. Strengthen work at the monitoring sites and improve timely communication and reporting. Earthquake equipment should be placed in suitable air-raid resistance shelters. Earthquake Office location: for now, in the previous office space of the Science Committee; reestablish telephone communications with overnight duty personnel.
Text from Guidelines
on Capacity Building for Disaster Management,
United Nations, New York, 1996
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