Covid-19 Civil Protection

Statement and Video by Nation Operational Commander ANEPC 27th March


“All together for the benefit of all”


Concerning staying indoors





“With the increasing number of infected people with COVID 19, we all should follow basic rules for self-protection and for the protection of others.

Stay home.

Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (whenever this absolutely cannot be done from home)

If you really have to go out, stay 6ft away from other people. By maintaining a social distance, you are helping to avoid possible transmissions.

Wash your hands as soon as you get home. Such frequent washing with soap and water, or preferably with an alcohol-based solution, kills viruses. It is simple, but it is very important.

If you feel sick, don’t rush to the hospital. Stay home and follow all instructions provided by the National Health Service Contact Center 808 24 24 24. They will help you the best way possible.

Portuguese Authorities are activating all relevant systems to allow the best possible answer to this situation, including a strong cooperation with the embassies in Lisbon. Your embassy can also support you in case of need. Make sure you have all relevant contacts.

And don´t forget: stay at home. Staying at home and away from others saves lives”


The Civil Protection National Emergency plan is now in force.

As at 27th March the Districts of Braga, Lisbon and Porto were at ORANGE level.  Aveiro,, Bragança, Coimbra, Faro, Guarda, Leiria, Santarém, Vila Real and Viseu are at YELLOW level. These are liable to change.

To help you  understand what this means we have put together the following questions answers


What is the National Emergency plan?

The National Civil Protection Emergency Plan is the instrument to support civil protection operations in the event of the imminence or occurrence of a serious accident or catastrophe in Mainland Portugal. It is intended to enable the unit of direction of the actions to be developed, to reinforce the technical and operational coordination of the means to be engaged and to adapt the exceptional measures to be adopted.


What is the scope of application of the plan?

The National Civil Protection Emergency Plan applies to the entire territory of mainland Portugal. The territories of the Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira are covered by the respective Regional Civil Protection Emergency Plans.


What is the purpose of the plan?

The National Civil Protection Emergency Plan regulates the manner in which institutional coordination, articulation and intervention is ensured by entities that are part of the Integrated System of Protection and Relief Operations and other public or private entities to be involved in operations. It is thus constituted as a platform that is prepared to respond, in an organized manner, to situations of serious accident or catastrophe, in particular through:

  • Definition of guidelines regarding the way in which the various bodies, services and structures to be engaged in civil protection operations;
  • Coordination and systematization of support and reinforcement actions, promoting greater efficiency and speed of action by the intervening entities.


The Plan also typifies the set of responsibilities of civil protection agents and support bodies and entities that may intervene, aiming at creating favorable conditions for rapid, efficient and coordinated reinforcement, support and assistance, both in the current phase of immediate response and in short-term recovery.


Why was it activated?

The National Civil Protection Commission decided to activate the Plan taking into account:

  • The state of emergency presently in force for the national territory, as defined by the Decree of the President of the Republic No. 14-A / 2020, of March 18, and whose application was regulated through Decree No. 2-A / 2020 , of March 20;
  • The exceptional circumstances of this public health crisis and its ripple effects, which determine the need for reinforced monitoring, at the political and institutional level, in order to ensure the early signaling of problems and constraints and the timely dissemination of guidelines and guidelines ;
  • The increase in the effects of COVID-19 in the national territory, with impacts on several broad sectors of the social and productive fabric;
  • The activation of Municipal and District Civil Protection Emergency Plans, in order to guarantee the permanent and reinforced monitoring of the evolution of the epidemiological situation caused by COVID-19.


What are the risk levels?

Red          Extreme.

Orange   High.

Yellow    Moderate, moderate severity and probability medium-high.

Blue        Moderate.


What do they mean?

These determine the level of readiness and degree of mobilization or resources


How is Risk determined?

Risk is determined by comparing the level of gravity compared with likelihood  it occurring

Gravity would include; impact on the environment; injuries or fatalities, displacement of people and amount of damage

Potential would consider: If it has already occurred; possibility of occurrence and historic frequency of occurrence