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"This is the most rewarding job" - EU Civil Protection experts in the aftermath of Haiti’s hurricane

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism (EUCPM) was established in 2001 to enhance cooperation among national civil protection authorities across Europe. Any country affected by a...

One Million Litres of Drinkable Water for Haiti

In a situation where most natural water sources became contaminated by stormwater and sewage overflow, the supply of potable water was - and still is - an urgent priority.As part of the emergency aid sent to the Haitian people, a French water...

EU humanitarian aid reaches survivors after Ecuador’s earthquake

Less than 48 hours after the disaster, two humanitarian experts from the European Commission's Humanitarian  Aid  and  Civil  Protection department (ECHO) office in Quito, Ecuador’s capital, were surveying damages and the population’s needs in the...

Providing emergency support to Ecuador's earthquake survivors

As the EU’s civil protection convoy makes its way from the capital Quito to the regions worst affected by the devastating earthquake which hit Ecuador on Saturday 16 April, survivors line up the roads in the scorching sun, asking for water or food...

Philippines – three months after

It is almost 100 days since the most powerful typhoon ever recorded slammed into the Eastern Philippines, killing over 6 000 people and damaging over a million homes. Survivors today are still facing big challenges in meeting some of their basic...

EU Civil Protection in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan

Interview with Ionut Homeag, member of the 1st EU Civil Protection Team deployed for Typhoon Haiyan emergency in the Philippines, seconded National Expert from Romania to the Emergency Response Coordination Centre of the European Commission’s...

Japan, 1 year on, united in recovery efforts

A few hours after arriving in Narita airport, I was on a bus on my way to central Tokyo as our guide Eriko enthusiastically pointed out eminent landmarks in her broken English. Sun rays flickered off Tokyo Bay and high-rise buildings blocked the...

Civil protection – Thinking out of the box

From 12 to 14 February Geneva saw representatives of the Civil Protection or Civil Defence authorities from 11 Mediterranean countries discussing the following issues:is there a common organisational approach to Civil Protection / Civil Defence?are...