Portugal will host the European civil protection exercise Cascade 19, the largest ever in national territory, which takes place between May 28 and June 1, with the participation of five other countries.
Organized by the National Authority for Emergency and Civil Protection, with the cooperation of the Directorate-General of the Maritime Authority and co-financed by the European Union, the exercise will mobilize more than 600 operators from Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Croatia, Spain and France.
The exercise will take place in the districts of Aveiro, Évora, Lisbon and Setúbal, in about 20 locations and covering more than 60 different scenarios, according to a statement from the Civil Protection.
Among the scenarios are “adverse weather conditions, such as very intense rainfall in the Aveiro district, and a seismic event in the Évora, Lisbon and Setúbal districts, with a series of cascading events such as floods, marine pollution, dam breakages, accidents chemical, structural collapse, rail and road accidents, and urban fires, the consequences of which are heavy material damage and a significant number of fatalities ”
Cascade 19 aims to train the international response following the activation of the Civil Protection Mechanism of the Union and simultaneously the internal response to highly complex emergencies.
The exercise will be the object of evaluation by a group of national and foreign observers and evaluators, in order to pursue its ultimate objective: to identify both good practices and failures and constraints and to improve emergency management processes at different levels.
In the meantime, the Final Planning Conference will be held on Tuesday in Ílhavo, in the Auditorium of the Maritime Museum, with the participation of dozens of national entities and foreign teams, followed by a visit to some of the scenarios in the district of Aveiro.
Cascade 19 has a dedicated website that provides information on planning an operation with these dimensions.