Skip to comments.What to do when the shells hit Seoul
Posted on 12/09/2010 5:02:24 PM PST by Pan_Yan
Like most Seoulites, Hong Jin-ah, a 27-year-old graduate student, had never given a second thought to a North Korean invasion. Despite the rogue countrys close proximity to Seoul, most people here have grown deaf to the threat it poses.
But after Pyongyang leveled Yeonpyeong Island on Nov. 23 with dozens of artillery blasts, many here are now making contingency plans.
Hong was stumped when she considered where she would go if a war broke out. She turned to her smartphone for an answer. Her search for bomb shelters in Hapjeong-dong, western Seoul, turned up nothing. Next she checked a blog called Find a Bomb Shelter in Your Town, which also yielded little help.
Hong then took her search to the Dasan 120 Seoul Call Center, a citywide information hotline. I live in Hapjeong-dong. Where should I evacuate to if there is a war? Hong asked the receptionist. The answer she received was what most people already know: Head to the nearest subway station or basement.
There are 25,000 emergency evacuation facilities in South Korea and 3,919 in Seoul. There are no public air-raid shelters in the capital.
Unlike on Yeonpyeong Island, there is no need to build extra air-raid shelters in Seoul, since subway stations and basements under large buildings can act as evacuation shelters, said Kim Hye-kyung, the Seoul civil defense attache. In the case of air raids by North Koreans, those shelters [in Seoul] are good for two to 10 hours.
According to the National Emergency Management Agency, there is enough space in Seouls underground facilities (subway stations, basements, etc.) for 2.7 times the citys population. The agency came to the conclusion by calculating that each person would need 0.825 square meters (8.9 square feet).
To prepare for war, the Park Chung Hee regime encouraged construction companies to build basements when putting up new buildings, said Yoon Myung-o, professor in the University of Seouls Department of Architectural Engineering. Since then, most buildings were made with basements. Now, Seoul has more underground space than any other city [in Korea].
Seouls 4,000 shelters are scored on a 1-4 grading system (with 1 being the most protective shelters), which is determined by landlords and local government offices. In Seoul, there are 1,481 grade 2 evacuation shelters - which are largely tunnels, subway stations and basements of buildings. There are 2,246 grade 3 shelters, which are basements of commercial buildings and underground roads. There are 192 grade 4 shelters under smaller buildings. There are no public grade 1 shelters that can withstand a chemical, biological or nuclear attack in the capital.
According to guidelines from the National Emergency Management Agency, shelters considered grade 1 must be equipped with enough food and water for at least two weeks, generators, and communications equipment.
A go-bag is an easy-to-carry kit thats been prepared in advance consisting of essential living items. It is common to have a go-bag for those who live in areas prone to natural disasters such as tsunamis.
It is also not a bad idea to pack a go-bag if your neighboring country is run by a tyrannical dictator who routinely threatens to turn the streets of your capital into rivers of blood.
So, what to pack?
Start with the essentials: Food, shelter, communication.
Pack a mylar blanket. Its light-weight, inexpensive and can fold to fit into your pocket. Also consider a radio, whistle, pocket knife, U.S. dollars, maps, a compass, water, food, personal hygiene products, prescription medication, extra keys to your vehicle or apartment, and your ID and passport.
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As mentioned: the threat has been so loud and in-your-face for so long many don’t perceive it.
I used to date a South Korean for a while. Whenever I asked about the latest scary NK threat, she’d just roll her eyes and ask why I bothered paying any attention to their nonsense.
The thing is, crack NK commandoes will lob Sarin and VX gas mercilessly into the Seoul subway stations, once they are full. They know every station, and have trained for it...I am certain they are already on SK soil, assleepers, as we speak.
It certainly is. When I was in Korea (1961-62) and living in the standard building there, a quonset hut, one of the guys could come back from eating kimchi, and--this is a bit of an exaggeration, but not much--you could be at the other end of the quonset hut and smell the kimchi.
For those unfamiliar with it, kimchi (at least the stuff that I came across) was made basically of cabbage, with a few other vegetables, such as red peppers, mixed in). It was usually placed underground until it fermented to a certain "flavor." The smell of it on someone's breath was breathtaking.
Oh, I forgot to note that onions were also a primary ingredient.
I had an extremely cute Korean girlfriend when I was there and she was always careful to not eat kimchi on those days when she went out with me.
Nobody at our local Korean restaurant looks that good. :-(
I’ve got one for each member of the FAMILY!
also two of these for the FAMILY