The nation will hold its annual series of 30-minute air raid drills in seven regions around the country between this month and August, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced yesterday.
This year, the Wanan No. 32 air defense exercises have been divided into three parts: war game simulation, integrated maneuver exercises and civilian national air defense exercises. The military simulation has already concluded, an MND official said.
The integrated maneuver exercises will take place in Taoyuan County, Hsinchu City, Miaoli County, Taichung County, Chiayi City, Tainan City, Pingtung County, Hualien County and Kinmen County, to test the effectiveness of the country’s emergency accident response mechanism, the official said.
The drills will simulate joint military and civilian rescue efforts launched in the wake of missile strikes or bomb attacks by China’s military.
During the exercises, the police and military will practice how to transmit air defense information and mobilize civil defense manpower to help with traffic control, human and vehicle evacuations, and the care and protection of injured people, the official said.
The air raid drills will be held either in the morning, noon or the afternoon, and will in principle not influence people’s daily work and school routines, the official said.
The air raid exercises are scheduled to be staged on May 19 from 9:30am to 10am in Matsu, on June 23 from 9:30am to 10am in Kinmen and on June 30 from 1:30pm to 2pm in northern Taiwan — including Ilan County, Keelung City, Taipei city and county, Taoyuan County and Hsinchu city and county.
They will be held on July 22 from 3:30pm to 4pm in Miaoli County, Taichung city and county, Nantou County, Changhua County, Yunlin County and Chiayi County, on July 24 from 9:30am to 10am in Hualien and Taitung counties, on July 28 from 2pm to 2:30pm in Penghu County and on Aug. 14 from 1:30pm to 2pm in Tainan city and county, Kaohsiung city and county and Pingtung County.