In a joint statement on the earthquake in Mexico City, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides and High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini expressed their condolences and reiterated that the EU is ready to help:
"The earthquake that struck Mexico yesterday has caused many deaths and casualties. This came only two weeks after another devastating earthquake hit the country. Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts go out to the victims, their families and loved ones. As President Juncker underlined in his letter to President Peña Nieto, the European Union stands in solidarity with our Mexican friends. We salute the first responders who are there from the beginning to help and save lives in this difficult time. We are in touch with the Mexican authorities and stand ready to help. Our capabilities to provide urgent support have been put on alert, as our Emergency Response Coordination Centre is monitoring the situation on the ground."
The Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC), operating within the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department, was set up to support a coordinated and quicker response to disasters both inside and outside Europe using resources from the countries participating in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The ERCC replaces and upgrades the functions of the previous Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC).
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. Better planning and the preparation of a set of typical disaster scenarios will further enhance the ERCC's capacity for rapid response.