Between 9 and 12 December 2013, civil protection teams from Estonia, Hungary, the United Kingdom and Austria will be jointly responding to a simulated earthquake and tsunami in Venice, Italy. The EU co-funded field exercise will enable the countries to cooperate better and respond faster when a real disaster strikes.
The exercise will simulate a disaster response to an earthquake followed by a tidal wave causing extensive flooding in the region. Infrastructure collapses and the hospitals are partially inoperable. In these conditions, the scenario foresees Italy requesting help of other European countries through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) and the EU civil protection team deployed to the affected area coordinate the incoming assistance.
Since 2007, the EU has been co-financing civil protection field exercises at the European level in order to offer a platform for networking and exchange of information between the countries. Often they focus on specific training needs for the modules that can be deployed through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, i.e. civil protection experts on stand-by and ready to intervene immediately when a disaster happens.