PPRD South project to train Mediterranean civil protection authorities on catastrophes

Around 30 civil protection emergency management officers from Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Authority and Tunisia will gather in Split, Croatia, to learn methodologies and tools for planning in advance how to best manage potential emergencies and prepare for catastrophes.
A press release said the workshop, organised by the EU-funded Programme on Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters (PPRD South) from 31 January to 4 February 2011, will focus on “Operational Planning” and include a simulation exercise.
After three days of theory and two days dedicated to exercises in the field, participants will be able to lead an operational planning process identifying emergencies and priorities for action, defining tasks and responsibilities. During the exercises, participants will face a high wild-fire risk scenario in extreme climatic conditions, which are more and more frequent in the Mediterranean.
The €5 million PPRD South Programme – which runs for three years and is managed by a consortium led by the Italian Civil Protection Department together with the French, Algerian, Egyptian Civil Protection Authorities and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) – is also organising training workshops dealing with risks in the region such as wild fires, technological disasters, floods, earthquakes, epidemics and drought, among others.  (ENPI Info Centre)
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