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Slovenia: Ten countries, two EU-projects, one earthquake exercise

At the moment, operational staff from ten states are exercising the earthquake emergency case in Slovenia’s Logatec. Above all, the so-called exercise “Instrument for Preaccession” (IPA) aims at strengthening the cooperation between teams from the West Balkan and Turkey. THW does not only commit itself to IPA, but, together with Sweden and the Emergency Temporary Shelter-Module (ETS) in the framework of the EU-Mechanism, also provides the participants with accommodation.

THW does not only commit itself to IPA, but, together with Sweden and the Emergency Temporary Shelter-Module (ETS) in the framework of the EU-Mechanism, also provides the participants with accommodation.

The scenario of the IPA SI-Quake 2011-exercise: A serious earthquake of magnitude 8.0 devastates Slovenia and destroys large parts of the country. After a request for help of the Slovenian Government in the framework of the EU-Mechanism, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo and Turkey sent search and rescue teams to Slovenia. The aim of the exercise is the closer networking and cooperation of the participating civil protection organisations. The exercises of the IPA are organised by THW and the civil protection authorities of Slovenia, Croatia and Sweden which cooperate as partners.

The accommodation of the participants, including sanitation, had been built at the beginning of the week by the Emergency Temporary Shelter-Module (ETS). During a disaster, with the help of ETS, THW and the Swedish civil protection authority MSB provide up to 1,000 people with emergency and temporary accommodation. In the framework of an EU project within the European Mechanism in disaster control, MSB and THW have devised the ETS since 2010. The ETS-module, which is co-financed by the European Commission, is one of altogether 17 identified modules of European disaster control.

Furthermore, THW supports the exercise with additional fully-employed and voluntary operational staff in the sectors of exercise control, training and evaluation. On Friday, political representatives will be present at the exercise. THW will be presented by Vice-President, Mr Gerd Friedsam, and Head of Foreign Division, Mr Klaus Buchmüller.

  • With its Swedish partner MSB, THW saw to the accommodation of 200 volunteers. (show image)

  • MSB and THW do not only have a joint Emergency Temporary Shelter-Module (ETS) but are also active in the Instrument for Preaccession (IPA).  (show image)

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