Union Civil Protection helps be prepared and respond to disasters
'Preparedness' for disaster is when people, equipment, structures, communities and organisations are ready to respond quickly and effectively when a disaster strikes because of actions that have been taken in advance. With better preparedness, the effects of disasters can be reduced or mitigated.
The Union Civil Protection Knowledge Network delivers on preparedness through training, exercises, exchanges and other support.
A training programme for civil protection experts from the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) Member and Participating States ensures that the work of disaster response teams from different countries is complementary and compatible. This allows for better knowledge sharing and is essential when multi-national teams work together to respond to a disaster.
This is complemented by large-scale exercises that train and test teams and equipment. An expert exchange programme gives additional opportunities for transfer of specialist knowledge.