SEOUL, Korea, Oct 25 (Korea Bizwire) – The National Emergency Management Agency and the National Disaster Relief Association will begin on October 24 taking recommendations from the general public for those unsung heroes who saved lives from disaster or accident situations but refused to publicize it. The recommendations will be received until November 20 and anyone can log in to the organizations’ websites and easily do so.
Web page for “Life Saver” recommendation: www.relief.or.kr/service/gd/gd0101.asp
The two organizations will select finalists from the recommended list through a group of judges and hold an award-granting ceremony by the year’s end. Begun last year, the event was received well by recognizing those who contributed to society in an important way. Last year, there were six awardees who were instrumental in saving 50-plus lives of island residents in Jindo, South Jeolla Province, who were in danger of drowning from seawall collapse in the wake of a Typhoon.
This year, the National Emergency Management Agency plans to find more people in wide-ranging areas. In addition to those heroes who risked their lives in disaster situations, the agency will this time look for others who have spent a long time in voluntary activities for emergency relief or charity work. Those who are recommended this year will be given awards next year.
The National Emergency Management Agency is a national-level government agency in charge of responding to disasters such fire, flood, tsunami, earthquake, and so on. It has several subsidiary institutions under its wings, including the Central 119 Fire Engines, the Central Civil Defense Disaster Response Educational Center, and the Central Firefighting School. Nam Sang-Ho, former fire prevention and disaster response professor at Daejeon University, has been the administrator of the agency since this year.