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24/05/2019 - Video
Meet Nilsa, a 28-year-old firefighter who was on the front line against the forest fires in the municipality of Mação in Portugal. Everyday in the European Union, ordinary heroes work together to protect us. Nilsa is one of them.  Learn more about...
Spain exercise
21/05/2019 - News
To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the European Commission launches today the first fleet of firefighting aircraft under the new rescEU system to tackle natural disasters.
12/12/2018 - News
The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have taken key steps today towards political agreement on rescEU, the plan to strengthen EU civil protection response to disasters.
15/10/2018 - News
The 2018 Modex Romania is the largest medical exercise ever conducted in the framework of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and is taking place in Bucharest, Romania until 18 October 2018.
Volcan de Fuego eruptions in Guatemala
05/10/2018 - Photo story
On 3 June 2018, Guatemala’s Fuego volcano blew up in one of the most violent series of eruptions in a century.
Indonesian earthquake by IFRC
01/10/2018 - News
Following the high number of casualties and damages caused by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Indonesia this weekend, the European Commission has released an initial €1.5 million in emergency humanitarian assistance.
Kerala flooding damage
19/09/2018 - News
The European Commission has allocated an additional €1 million in emergency aid to India as devastating floods killed nearly 500 people and submerged entire villages in the southern state of Kerala.
© Matteo Arrotta via Flickr
17/07/2018 - News
The European Commission has helped mobilise two firefighting planes from Italy via the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism, following a request for assistance from Sweden due to the very high forest fire risk that the country is facing.
22/06/2018 - News
A team of eight European experts will fly to Guatemala on Saturday to support national authorities after the multiple eruptions of Volcan de Fuego since 3 June. The team is being deployed though the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism,...
Sri Lanka Red Cross Society in delivering relief assistance
12/06/2018 - News
Following the devastating floods and landslides which struck Sri Lanka over the last weeks, the European Commission gave €160 000 in humanitarian funding to bring emergency assistance to the communities affected by the recent floods.