The COVID-19 pandemic poses unprecedented challenges for governments and societies around the world and represents a global crisis of hitherto unexperienced proportions . Our research seeks to analyse disaster management systems from a national perspective by examining the Korean management of the COVID-19 crisis according to a four-phase epidemiological disaster management system . Utilising a meta-study, official documents, reports and interviews, we explore the role of the control tower mechanism related to the life-cycle of disaster management, and Korea's sustainable containment strategy . This study begins with a discussion of the crisis and disaster management literature and provides specific information related to the Korean government's response to COVID-19 . It continues by detailing specific strategies such as wide-spread testing, tracking, treatment and quarantine that have enabled Korea to prevent wide-spread community transmission . The study concludes emphasising the relevance of systematic national disaster management, providing insight into methods for containment in Korea - a system commended by the WHO . Implications include the extension and the efficient application of disaster management theory by empirical application and integration of concepts.