PENANG needs an emergency contingency plan.

State Health, Welfare and Caring Society Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said it was crucial to establish a response team that could quickly decide what to do when emergencies happened.

“Previously, disaster management committees were only formed after the disasters had happened.

“We need people skilled in areas like first aid, rescue operations and logistics.

“Although I have not presented the proposal for the emergency contingency plan to the state executive council, I have spoken about it with the Chief Minister. He is also concerned,” he said.

Phee was speaking at a press conference recently after closing the 12th Regional Disaster Management Committee Meeting organised by the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) on behalf of Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

MRCS secretary-general Major General (Rtd) Datuk Megat Mohd Yusof Megat Mahmud said they provided training to workers and students as part of its ‘A First Aider in Every Home’ initiative, which was organised in collaboration with the Education Ministry and the Youth and Sports Ministry.

“We started in 1994 but re-launched the programme a few years ago. We hope to train five million first aiders in the country by 2010,” he said.