From May 28 to June 1, Portugal will carry out the European Civil Protection exercise, the largest ever in national territory. Organized by the National Authority for Emergency and Civil Protection (ANEPC), with the collaboration of the Directorate-General of the Maritime Authority and co-financed by the European Union, it will mobilize thousands of operatives and teams from five European countries in some 20 locations in the districts of Aveiro , Évora, Lisbon and Setúbal, covering more than 60 different scenarios. It is called CASCADE '19 co-financed by the European Commission under the Civil Protection Mechanism of the European Union.
"In the exercise teams from Spain, France, Belgium, Germany and Croatia participate, mobilizing in total more than 3000 participants, foreign and Portuguese. It aims to test and train the response to multiple emergency situations that may occur in a waterfall (earthquake, floods, chemical accident, dam rupture and marine pollution) in national territory ", advances the Public Security Police (PSP) on its Facebook page . PSP realizes that it is a LIVEX (Live Exercise) with more than 60 different scenarios, in the districts of Lisbon, Aveiro, Évora and Setúbal.
The year, co-financed by the European Commission (80%), has a cost of € 1.3 million. In addition to the ANEPC, about 150 operators from Spain, Belgium, Germany, Croatia and France will participate.
In total, there will be 22 municipalities that will have 40 different scenarios to test the capacity of local, national and international responses, according to ANEPC, which already
starting point for this European exercise: the occurrence of an adverse weather event in the Aveiro district and an earthquake in the south of the country impacting Lisbon, Setúbal and Évora.
From these two events occur a series of occurrences, such as chemical and radiological accidents in dams and industrial complexes, floods, pollution at sea and road, rail and maritime disasters.
These different occurrences will allow the intervention in the field of teams with different capacities and capacities, namely search and rescue, evacuations, medical emergency, mortuary, social and psychological support and hosting of international teams.
CASCADE'19 intends to test the joint national response, the exercise also aims to improve the response capacity within the framework of the European Civil Protection Mechanism and to assess the capacity to integrate the means of other countries. It is therefore intended to guarantee homogeneous procedures between the different countries in relation to the reception of international teams.
The exercise will allow the approval of a national operational directive for hosting international assistance.