"What to do when the shells hit Seoul"
December 11, 2010 4:12 PM Subscribe
"A general rule of thumb: Go underground to avoid artillery and conventional bombing runs, but go up as high as possible in a chemical weapons attack."
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A major South Korean newspaper reports on what to do in the case of North Korean attack and the state of evacuation shelters in Seoul.
In the case of conventional attack, "the best places to duck for cover are subway stations, apartment basements, and basements of other structures - in that order." Seoul has 4,000 shelters, which have been scored on a 1-4 grading system, with 1 being the most protective. Subway stations as well as apartment building basements are "grade 2" evacuation shelters, while basements of commercial buildings are rated "grade 3". Of note: "There are no public 'grade 1' shelters that can withstand a chemical, biological or nuclear attack in the capital."
Meanwhile, the U.S. military's Stars and Stripes
provides USFK evacuation information
. This PDF
provides information on NonCombatant Evacuation Operations (NEO), including who is eligible for evacuation and what evacuees should pack. There also videos
of NEO exercises
. (Stars and Stripes link via The Marmot's Hole)