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Promoting Disaster Prevention in Wanhua District Community

In order to strengthen residential safety among old housing in Wanhua District and promote the "National Disaster Prevention Day", the Taipei City Fire Department’s 1st District HQs organized the “2017 Wanhua Cultural Carnival – Bangka Cultural Festival” and the “National Disaster Prevention Day Raised Earthquake Safety Awareness” with the Wanhua District Office to promote disaster prevention and raise the public’s resilience against catastrophes from earthquakes. The two events were part of a series of activities under the “2017 Wanhua Cultural Carnival”, which took place on September 16th, 2017, from 2 to 9 P.M. at the Bangka Park of Wanhua District (No.145, Sec. 1, Xiyuan Rd., Wanhua Dist., Taipei City 108, Taiwan (R.O.C.)).
The 921 Jiji Earthquake and the 206 Meinong Earthquake took place in 1999 and 2016 (the 88th and 105th year of the "Republic Era"), respectively. In fact, Taiwan, which sits at the intersection of Earth’s plates, faces the risk of earthquakes at any time. Activities in the Wanhua District’s Cultural Carnival included a formal focus on earthquake safety and preparedness. The Fire Department and the Wanhua District Office meticulously designed these activities in promoting the enhancement of one’s disaster prevention skills and resilience against catastrophes such as earthquakes and fire. In addition to a series of splendid stage performances, the carnival also combined various booths assisting the promotion of disaster prevention and brining the public’s understanding of the topic to a higher level.
The carnival hosted lively and vivid stage performances, as well as interacting booths and workshops such as the "Emergency Evacuation Pack, Disaster Prevention Park, Safety Check Servicing ", the "Four Steps to Extinguish Fire after Earthquakes: to Pull, Aim, Pressure, and Sweep", the "CPR and AED Workshop", the "Safety Tips for Electricity Usage", the "Earthquake, Typhoon, and Flood Preparedness", the "Installing Alarms and Evacuation Planning to Minimize Catastrophes", the "Preventing the Invisible Killer - Carbon Monoxide Poisoning ", the " Earthquake Simulator ", the "Political Styles Promotion" etc. Participants were awarded with fine souvenirs once they picked up the game card and collected all the stamps through completing the trivia games provided by each booth. The award was on a first-come, first-served basis because the number of souvenirs was limited.