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The series of digital Table Top Exercises (TTX) are part of the assessment phase and the results will lay the foundation for the design of the PPRD East 3 programme implementation.

“Our cooperation in prevention, preparedness and response to disasters with Eastern Partnership countries is of utmost importance for the EU. Thanks to the EU-funded regional programme on disaster risk management PPRD East 3 we are testing the resilience of civil protection systems whilst also learning from the past and preparing for future events.” Janez Lenarčič, European Commissioner for Crisis Management

The EU-funded flagship initiative Prevention, Preparedness and Response to natural and man-made disasters in Eastern Partnership countries phase 3 (PPRD East 3) is conducting a series of digital Table Top Exercises (TTX) in the Eastern Partnership countries. The exercises are part of the assessment phase of the programme, where the results will lay the foundation for the design of the programme implementation. The digital hybrid method, with a virtual monitoring system, has been developed by the PPRD East 3 team in order to manage the implementation of the programme, despite constraints and challenges of COVID-19. During the two-day exercises, coordination, information management and decision-making processes at all levels are tested, in case of a national disaster in the countries.

On June 2-3, the TTX was conducted in Tbilisi, Georgia. The participants were presented with a realistic wild fire scenario, based on a past event. The crisis quickly escalated with secondary impacts for the participants to act on. Evacuation needs, Covid-19 and disinformation spread on social media are some examples. Early Warning System, Response plans and Host Nation support protocols through the activation of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) were tested. The participants connected to an online environment in the crisis centre in Tbilisi and exercise control and observers managed the exercise from different places around Europe. Participants included the civil protection agency, line ministries, hydro-meteorological services, and the National Society of the Red Cross.

 

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