Red Brick Daily

Not entirely unreasonably, it seems some local mayors and magistrates would rather NOT take responsibility for calling a so-called “typhoon holiday.”

A recent Legislative Transportation Committee recommended the Central Government take over the job of making the call … which would make it much easier to know who to blame in the event of a bad decision   😉

Criticism over the current system was highlighted when five local governments — Yunlin, Chiayi City and County, Tainan, and Kaohsiung — announced a half-day off on September 27 due to Typhoon Megi.

The five city mayors and county commissioners were torn a new one by residents and netizens, as heavy rain and strong winds pounded their areas on the morning of the 27th … some parents even suffered minor injuries as they picked up their kids from school.

Media coverage showed students, parents and office workers fighting strong winds and blustery weather on their way home … after spending a rather unproductive half day at school or work.

It’s a topic that is highly controversial, as parents and workers want to know A-S-A-P … but local gov’t’s need to wait until weather forecasters give them a trajectory and a prediction of the intensity of the winds.

Current rules say local gov’t’s can wait til as late as 10 p.m. before making the call … but of course, citizens want the info much earlier.

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