On September 27, Mayor Park Won Soon visited the LA Emergency Operation Center (EOC), the site of urban safety policies, and met with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
To minimize the damage caused by disasters, the City of Los Angeles established the Emergency Operation Organization (EOO) in 1980, becoming the first American regional government to form such an organization. The EOO is an organization that monitors and manages various types of disasters, including natural disasters such as earthquakes and wildfires. In addition, the city has established, and is currently operating, the EOC directly under the mayor.
Mayor Park also took a ride in a helicopter to see the places where disasters, such as wildfires and floods, regularly occur. Speaking with NGOs and local communities, he also learned about various cases in which the people and public institutions collaborated on disaster response efforts.
Mayor Park was officially invited by Mayor Garcetti to meet with him at 10 a.m. (local time) at Getty House. Mayor Garcetti has previously served as president of the City Council of Los Angeles, and was in the spotlight in July 2014 for being the youngest mayor of Los Angeles in 100 years.
In particular, Mayor Park and Mayor Garcetti promised to sign an MOU regarding mutual exchange and collaboration in various fields, including city safety, tourism, film, and sports. The MOU will be signed in November 2014, during Mayor Garcetti’s visit to Seoul.