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Portugal - Emergency planning

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Civil protection tasks and objectives

The civil protection task is to prevent collective risks and the occurrence of serious accidents or resulting disasters; to attenuate collective risks and to limit their effect; to rescue and to assist people and other living beings in danger; to protect cultural and environmental assets and other assets of high public interest; and to support the reestablishment of normality in the life of people living in the areas affected by serious accidents or disasters.

Planning philosophy: Emergency plans are approved by the National Civil Protection Commission, according to the advice issued by the National Civil Protection Authority.

Guidelines for civil protection planning: Civil protection planning is performed according to the guidelines laid down in Regulation 25/2008. This Regulation defines that emergency plans at national, regional, district and municipality levels are mandatory. These plans follow an all-hazard approach.

Specific emergency plans may also exist for floods, forest fires, earthquakes, Seveso industries or dams.

All plans include risk and vulnerability assessments, general procedures for operational response and a list of resources that might be available to each type of disaster.

Civil-military cooperation

Civil and military co-operation takes place in the following areas:

  • Forest fire activities (prevention, fire-fighting support and post-fire activities)
  • Reinforcement of civil personnel in health and medical emergencies
  • Search and rescue
  • Logistical support for operations
  • Infrastructure rehabilitation
  • Terrestrial, aerial and maritime reconnaissance activities.

International assistance

No information available