Statement by Simon Horner, Adviser to the Director of the Humanitarian and Civil Protection Operations Directorate of ECHO, at the Emergency Response Coordination Centre
Brussels - European Emergency Response Centre
On 12 November 2013, Simon Horner, Adviser to the Director of the Humanitarian and Civil Protection Operations Directorate of ECHO, explained the tasks of the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) working around-the-clock to monitor the situation in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan hit the country and to coordinate help.
The ERCC, operated within ECHO, the European Community Humanitarian Office, has been set up to support a coordinated and quicker response to disasters both inside and outside Europe using resources from 32 countries participating in the Civil Protection Mechanism. With a capacity to deal with several simultaneous emergencies in different time zones, around-the-clock, the ERCC is a coordination hub facilitating a coherent European response during emergencies helping to cut unnecessary and expensive duplication of efforts. It collects and analyses real-time information on disasters, monitors hazards, prepares plans for the deployment of experts, teams and equipment, and works with Member States to map available assets and coordinate the EU's disaster response efforts by matching offers of assistance to the needs of the disaster-stricken country.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Panel reading 'Emergency Response Coordination Centre'
||General view of the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC)
||Map showing the move of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
||ERCC staff at work
||Map of the affected areas in the Philippines
||ERCC staff at work (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE by Simon Horner, Adviser to the Director of the Humanitarian and Civil Protection Operations Directorate of ECHO, (in ENGLISH) explaining the work of the ERCC: saying that the European Response and Coordination Centre has a central role in the crisis in the Philippines because it is helping to coordinate what the Member States are doing on the one hand, and to link together ECHO's humanitarian activities, on the other hand; the EU is providing assistance through these two different strands; there is a system in place which allows the Member States to introduce what their offers of assistance will be, once the ERCC received the request for assistance from the country concerned, and they can help to coordinate and make sure that there isn't duplication; coordination is very important; ultimately what they are trying to do is to get help to people who are suffering terribly.
||Maps on screen
||'Civil Protection' written on a piece of clothing
||SOUNDBITE by Simon Horner (in ENGLISH) saying that the key needs are the basic needs, humanitarian needs, essentially: food, water, medical assistance, hygiene and sanitation and shelter; people have lost everything and they are really desperate.
||ERCC staff at work
||Screen showing database with aid offers of the EU Member States to help victims in the Philippines (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE by Simon Horner (in ENGLISH) saying that the ERCC is getting a good response, offers from Member States, right across the board, different types of offers: financial, of course, and the ERCC has provided fast track funding, but also in the form of kind assistance where the Member States can mobilize assets quickly, experts who know how to help in the field, medical teams, field hospitals, all of these elements which are so important.
||ERCC staff at work (2 shots)