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Korean officials study disaster response in Augusta

Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 7:14 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 2:58 PM
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Inside the Columbia County Emergency Operations Center, Korean emergency medicine physician Sang Do Shin asked who was in charge, which brought a smile to the face of Pam Tucker, director of the Emergency and Operations Division.

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A delegation from the Ministry of Health & Welfare of South Korea toured Augusta facilities Monday to study disaster preparedness at the local level.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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A delegation from the Ministry of Health & Welfare of South Korea toured Augusta facilities Monday to study disaster preparedness at the local level.

“I’m the commander,” she said.

Shin was part of a delegation from the Ministry of Health & Welfare of South Korea that toured Augusta facilities Monday to study disaster preparedness at the local level. The group is meeting with Georgia state officials today and then will go to Washington, D.C., to meet with officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said Soo Hyun, director of the Office of Health Policy for the ministry. South Korea lacks the county level emergency operations centers like the one in Columbia County and elsewhere, she said.

“That’s impressive,” Hyun said. “We have so many things to learn.”

The National Disaster Life Support Foundation, which grew out of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Georgia Regents University, has five training sites in Korea and has been working with officials there to provide training, said Dr. Phillip L. Coule, chairman of the foundation and vice chair of business development in Emergency Medicine. Shin serves as regional training center director at Seoul National University Hospital.

The Augusta-based foundation is working with them to develop more training to respond to potential nuclear or radiological problems, Coule said. That is a priority for a country that is fifth in the number of nuclear power plants, Shin said. And while there are preparations for a potential threat from their neighbors to the north, Americans are probably more concerned about that than the Korean people, Shin said.

“Usually, they announce that (threat) to the United States and not South Korea,” he said.

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thauch12
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thauch12 09/23/13 - 09:50 pm
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I was kinda surprised when I

I was kinda surprised when I read the title of this article. Then I realized they were touring Columbia County and it all suddenly made a lot more sense haha...

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 09/23/13 - 10:06 pm
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You really never know how

You really never know how prepared you are until a real major disaster strikes but everything I have seen and know about Pam and her team have always been very impressive.

I'm Back Again
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I'm Back Again 09/23/13 - 10:27 pm
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Good thing Pam Tucker is "The
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Good thing Pam Tucker is "The Commander". That lady wants a title so bad.

triscuit
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triscuit 09/23/13 - 10:59 pm
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They had to deal with Pam

They had to deal with Pam because there's no one in RC even remotely as knowledgable.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/24/13 - 04:54 am
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Wonder Why Columbia County?

It is interesting that the Augusta based foundation chose Columbia County for them to visit. I wonder why?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/24/13 - 06:31 am
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Deke, aka countyman, wrote to headline. LOL LOL
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Deke, aka countyman, wrote to headline. LOL LOL

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/24/13 - 06:33 am
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Augusta Disaster Plan 101. Do nothing. Not now, not ever.
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Augusta Disaster Plan 101. Do nothing. Not now, not ever.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/24/13 - 06:35 am
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major disaster in ARC would be a godsend for politicians
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major disaster in ARC would be a godsend for politicians

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/24/13 - 06:36 am
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The disaster left her without "one". LOL LOL
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The disaster left her without "one". LOL LOL

Pops
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Pops 09/24/13 - 07:51 am
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They had to go to Columbia County

If they went into Augusta they wouldn't find anyone to talk to.....when there's a disaster, they head to the beach and turn their cell phones off......

raul
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raul 09/24/13 - 12:19 pm
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When was the last time

When was the last time Richmond County had a full time Emergency Management Director? Wasn't approval granted to fill that position? Whatever happened with that?

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palmetto1008 09/24/13 - 01:09 pm
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Richmond County is a
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Richmond County is a disaster....no team is responding.

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Dixieman 09/24/13 - 03:50 pm
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South Korea

would never designate itself as a slum, so they have nothing to learn from Augusta/RC.

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