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  1. 1. South  Korea     Evacuation  Planning  Advice  South Korea: Evacuation Planning AdviceIntroductionChinaJapanGovernment Assisted EvacuationsService ProvidersTriggers for ActionGeneral LogisticsConclusionCurrent tensions between North and South Korea is cause for evacuationplanning and revision of existing options for pre-emptive or priority relocationof company personnel. in this article we discuss some of the keyconsiderations for evacuations and priority relocations for South Korea.Specific areas we will examine is China as an evacuation destination, Japanrelocation options, government assisted evacuations, service providers,triggers for action and general logistics issues. If you currently have personnelor are located in South Korea you need to read this article. By the end of thisarticle you will have the beginning of an evacuation strategy or benchmarkconsiderations for existing plans.The contents of this article are broad references based on practicalexperience and expertise. They do not constitute a personal solution andshould not be actioned as a sole means of planning nor considered apersonal or commercial solution for your particular circumstances. For a moredetailed or specific evaluation or plan, ensure you discuss with an expert orprofessional in these areas.Travel  Risk  Management  Solutions  [Tony  Ridley]     Page 1 of 5  
  2. 2. South  Korea     Evacuation  Planning  Advice  ChinaMany will have default or preliminary planning that includes China as adestination for routine relocations and emergency evacuations. This is not avery practical solution, often not discovered until the time of need or overlyweighted in the overall plan.The reason that China is not an effective alternative is due to the limited visaupon arrival options. This means, unscheduled access to the country is verylimited. Service providers, commercial and charter, will be limited in offeringaccess to the country without an existing business visa which in itself can taketime and likely to be delayed in the current tensions.It is recommended that you remove or cease to consider the use of China asa viable initial or final destination for evacuation planning when consideringSouth Korea.JapanJapan and South Korea have significant transport connections by way offerries and flights. It is a well travelled route for many Japanese and Koreanbusiness and leisure travellers on a daily basis but it presents problems forevacuation and relocation planning considerations.The use of ferries for international evacuation plans is subject to bothavailability and weather conditions, regardless of the advance servicesolutions. There are select ports of disembarkation but they are mostlylocated in the southern extremities of the South Korea peninsula. This meansthere is also a road or air connection consideration if utilising ferries.Practically, driving for hours to get to a ferry solution that may or may not beoperational/effective presents a major risk of failure for planners.Key location access to Japan is always in high demand, therefore any spike inaccess or demand will result in limited accommodation options and mostcertainly an increase in cost. Everyone must always remember in times ofevacuation that many others have the same plans and actions as you,therefore what seemed like a logical action during the planning phasebecomes a much less viable option when demand peaks or personnel startmoving.From a practical perspective, Japan will be considered an ally of both SouthKorea and the US by North Korea. Therefore it will feature in the militarytargeting operations and given its proximity to South Korea would havecollateral impact as a result of direct or indirect targeting. Flights and ferrieswould most certainly be affected and short to medium term accommodationless palatable. Reconsider the use of Japan or remove it for planningpurposes.Travel  Risk  Management  Solutions  [Tony  Ridley]     Page 2 of 5  
  3. 3. South  Korea     Evacuation  Planning  Advice  Government Assisted EvacuationsAll governments talk about support to their citizens and evacuation planningoptions. Few governments are actually very good at this and the overlay ofmilitary operations during such circumstances means that much of the militaryresources that would support plans and shortfalls will simply be prioritisedelsewhere.Government assisted operations feature in many corporate plans. They fail inmany corporate plans because even their own governments recommend aself-help approach and preemptive planning if organisations are seeking anydegree of certainty or priority treatment. Waiting for the government to provideaccess to evacuation and emergency relocation resources is typically a scary,frustrating, low service standard and unpredictable process. Governmentassisted evacuations are best reserved for absolute last options and fallbackconsiderations in the corporate or commercial context.Service ProvidersSouth Korea has an active and very comprehensive National Service system.Many South Korean citizens, especially males, will have completed a periodof military service and will be part of the active reserve and defence of thecountry. There is a high probability that many, if not all will be activated in theevent of military preparedness for hostilities. This means that many serviceproviders, with staff and resources within South Korea will immediately beaffected or no longer be able to offer services. This applies to non-relatedservices too such as amenities and commercial services.Charter or non-scheduled aircraft are typically only available during specifiedtimes and dates. They are not on constant call or pre-positioned inanticipation. This means that unless you have a specific booking,arrangement or guarantee of an airframe on a specific date, time and locationyou should have an expectation of delay or failure in the event of immediateevacuation or relocation demand.Scheduled fees and ancillary services will increase. Whatever you initiallyconsidered for your budget or cost of access, will increase with an increaseddemand. Be prepared for this or risk another point of failure due to inaccuratebudget planning. Additionally, no amount of financial coercion will compensatefor last minute or bad planning during crisis or emergency evacuations andmany "fair weather" agreements will quickly be dissolved or fail.Much like insurance plans, there are many policy holders but statistically lowvolume of claims. Evacuations and priority relocations at this time or specificto South Korea will mean that many are seeking to make claims on theirpolicy or service provisions. All service providers will now have scalability andservice disruption concerns with this spike in demand. With everyone callingupon the same or limited commercial service options, it will stress the systemTravel  Risk  Management  Solutions  [Tony  Ridley]     Page 3 of 5  
  4. 4. South  Korea     Evacuation  Planning  Advice  and all but guarantee delays or failure. Think practically and do not expect thisoption to be 100% effective or guaranteed.Ask very specific questions of any/all service providers. Where, when, whoelse, how much and likelihood of success are all major start points.Triggers for ActionWatch for the relocation or evacuation of non-essential staff form theembassy/ies. Watch for major multinationals evacuating family members andnon essential staff. Not because it is an accurate measure for evacuation andrelocation but it will trigger a psychological necessity for everyone to considershould I go or why not me too? This means, once this starts, everyone will belooking to exit too, whether required or not and your plans may be wellunderway before you planned or have authorised such actions.Everyones risk tolerance and appetite is different. Companies vary also.Once you approach or exceed a person or companys tolerance to risk oracceptable parameters, no amount of logic will stop them heading for thedoor. Monitor and be prepared for these less tangible triggers as they will beimplemented long before practical concerns or actions are visible.Now. Every individual and company representative should be reviewing andmonitoring their exposure. All plans should be complete, existing plansreviewed and pre-determined milestones for circumstances clear to all thatonce approach or breached, it is time to go. Preliminary actions should beunderway such as food and water reserves, cash, pet management, childrenremoved from school or dependents relocated if and when requiredGeneral LogisticsCommunications will be affected in South Korea at some time. It will be part ofthe military solution or the demand will slow or overload the infrastructure.Plan for alternate and non-technology communication solutions during thistime.Families, expatriates and travellers have a degree of comfort and routine. Anyevacuation and relocation plan will disrupt this so ensure you include dailyliving aspects in your plan such as medicines, what to do with pets, firstnational (Korean) dependents, rental agreements, transport, accommodation,medicines and even education or career.Remember that everyone else is looking at options and anyone exposed tothe South Korea situation has an opinion or probability to seek to accesssimilar resources in time of need. Everyone heading to the same location,same resource or same point of embarkation will result in a major change toyour plans and its effectiveness.Travel  Risk  Management  Solutions  [Tony  Ridley]     Page 4 of 5  
  5. 5. South  Korea     Evacuation  Planning  Advice  ConclusionCurrent tensions between North and South Korea has triggered evacuationplanning and revision of existing options for pre-emptive or priority relocationof company personnel. in this article we discussed some of the keyconsiderations for evacuations and priority relocations for South Korea.Specifically we will examined China as an evacuation destination, Japanrelocation options, government assisted evacuations, triggers for action andgeneral logistics issues. If you currently have personnel or are located inSouth Korea you need to act upon the content of this article immediately. Youshould now have the beginning of an evacuation strategy or benchmarkconsiderations for existing plans.Tony Ridley  Travel  Risk  Management  Solutions  [Tony  Ridley]     Page 5 of 5