With its special geopolitical characteristics, Korea undergoes repeated cycles of increasing casualties and property loss one year after another. This study aims to examine the current status of Korea’s disaster relief, identify problems, and suggest effective means for improvement.
Despite its long history, Korea’s disaster relief is replete with problems in many respects, including those concerning administration, private disaster relief bodies, targeting, expert pools, the management and distribution of relief fund and resources, and voluntary works.
Thus, the focus of this study is on maximizing the efficiency of disaster relief efforts while minimizing the costs. In the process, this study comes up with 9 recommendations as ways to improve disaster relief. These are to: expand the target of disaster relief programs; improve the administration; strengthen cooperation between the public and private sectors; ensure prompt, transparent and equitable payment of disaster relief benefits; improve the management of disaster relief goods; enhance the expertise of disaster relief agencies; increase the quality and scope of relief programs; promote voluntary activities and; encourage participation in disaster insurance.