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Portugal - Prevention & preparedness

Vademecum - Civil Protection

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The National Service of Civil Protection (SNPC) is a body for the development of plans and policies and coordination and control of emergency response. Thus, there are no organic disaster response units or schools for civil protection within its organisation. The training of civil protection agents lies with the commands/directions that have schools and training centres for such purpose.


Civil protection exercises: Several civil protection exercises are conducted every year, but there is no national exercise planning directive. These exercises take place at different levels: local, regional and national, and can assume different natures: command post or live exercises.

International exercises: The first civil protection international exercise took place in the Lisbon Urban Area on May 2009 and aimed at testing the operational procedures foreseen in the Lisbon Emergency Plan for Earthquakes.

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