Archive for July, 2009

Third European Civil Protection Forum

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

In the month of June 2009 there Brussels will play host to the Third European Civil Protection Forum. The forum is set to bring together the best minds from civil protection professionals, politicians and academics as well as companies, international organisations and citizens with a hope of coming up with the best plans and strategies for the development of civil protection in Europe. There will be showcases of new technologies, theories and best practices from selected speakers. While keynote speeches will be the main focal point there will also be exhibitions on new products and technologies to go along with it. The forum is set for November 25-26, 2009.
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EU rapid response capabilities for Forest Fires

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

In 2009 the EU has come together to introduce a new €7.5 million budget to prepare a rapid response team for European Union based forest fires. The new team will be focused on preparatory action which test innovative arrangements for key resources and essential equipment. This should allow a rapid response team to be made available during relevant periods and deployed to respond to disasters in the framework of the Community Civil Protection Mechanism at the request of the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) of the European Commission. While focusing on forest fires it will be available for any natural disaster.
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Chemical Accidents

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Through out the world there have been enough industrial chemical accidents that have caused governments to take a step back and prepare a plan to deal with them. One of the most devastating examples happened in 1976 when a pesticide plant released a cloud of toxins into the air causing 600 people to be evacuated and 2000 to be treated for poisoning. It became known as the “Seveso Accident”. This along with other notable chemical accidents have lead to new directives on storage and processing activities of harmful chemicals.
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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Once the threat is over it becomes time to asses the damage and start the rebuilding and recovery. In civil defense it is best to have a game plan before any emergency even arises so that the recovery crews are aware at what will happen next and speed up the process. Preparation can be done such as planning alternate motor car routes for damaged road, having a boat transport backup incase a bridge is taken out or preparing meeting areas for civilians. These actions can be prepared before any such threat even becomes realized.
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