Friday, May 14, 2010

Disasters Outside of World Cup Areas Could Take Harder Toll

World Cup disaster preparedness and personnel allocation could leave non-World Cup areas high and dry during the Cup.

We have not seen the cities’ disaster management plans, but it is almost guaranteed cities will place the majority of their emergency personnel in and around the designated sporting venues. In addition, most of the equipment, such as emergency motor vehicles, will also be deployed there.

This means few resources would be available to be deployed if any non-soccer World Cup emergencies were to occur. Therefore ordinary citizens’ access to emergency services is likely to be drastically curtailed for the duration of the soccer spectacular.

Fewer emergency resources for SA public during Cup
The Herald
May 6, 2010