Page created: 12th November 2020
Latest update 28th July 2022
Updated 5th January 2023
Safe Communities Portugal’s legal basis in support of Civil Protection
Safe Communities Portugal basis for undertaking its Civil Protection role is defined in:
These recognitions give us the mandate to work officially with government in the area of civil protection and, in the case of our CPVO status, to develop activities in the field of civil protection and which are recognized under the terms of this ordinance.
Page created: 12th November 2020
Latest update 28th July 2022
General behaviour guidelines
– Social distancing;
– Frequent hand washing;
– Respiratory etiquette.
Communiqué of the Council of Ministers of 30 June 2022 – The Council of Ministers today approved the resolution renewing the declaration of the alert situation throughout mainland Portugal, within the scope of the Covid-19 disease pandemic, until 23:59 on July 31, 2022.
A decree-law amending some measures already existing and applicable in the context of the Covid-19 disease pandemic was approved, namely:
– Extension of the validity of medical certificates of multipurpose incapacity for the purposes of social, economic and tax benefits until December 31, 2022, in case their validity expired in 2019 or 2020, and until December 31, 2023, in the case whether its validity has expired or expires in 2021 or 2022;
– Extension until December 31st, 2022:
• the deadline for micro, small and medium-sized companies, when co-contractors within the scope of public procurement, to receive and process electronic invoices;
• the suitability of documents and visas relating to stay in national territory, provided that the holder proves that he has already scheduled the respective renewal
These measures take effect on July 1, 2022.
Latest update: 21st April 2022
Resolution of the Council of Ministers 41-A/2022 published 21st April 2022
Wearing of facemasks
Latest update 19th February 2022
Resolution of Council of Ministers 25-A/2022 published 18th February 2022
Highlights as follows – Read full law in informal English here:
Restrictions which are ending from 19th February 2022
Restrictions that are continuing from 19th February
i) Presentation of the EU COVID Digital Certificate in the modalities of test or recovery certificate, as provided for in Decree-Law No. 54-A/2021
ii) Presentation of other proof of laboratory testing with a negative result
iii) Carrying out a test with a negative result, under the terms to be defined by the DGS and INSA
2. Decree-Law 10-A/2020 via article 13-B Use of masks and visors remains in force by Decree-Law 23-A/2022
3. Exceptions to the rules on presentation of certificates
Previous update 9th January 2022
Resolution of Council of Ministers 2-A/2022
Effective 00.00 hrs 10th January 2022
Highlights as follows – Read more full law here in informal English.
Communique of Council Ministers with main measures here in informal English
Previous Update 23rd December 2021
The Council of Ministers announced the measures for the period 25th December 2021 to 9th January 2022.
Read in conjunction with the Resolution of the Council of Ministers 181-A/2021
Download in informal English here
Previous update 28th November 2021
The Council of Ministers announced the following new measures will come into effect Wednesday 1st December 2021.
Read in conjunction with Resolution of Council of Ministers Situation of Contingency 157/2021 dated 27th November 2021 which has the full details.
Measures in force until 23.59 hrs 30th November 2021
Resolution of Council of Ministers Situation of Alert 142-A/2021 29th October 2021
The epidemiological situation in Portugal with regard to the COVID-19 disease pandemic, considering, in particular, its evolution in recent weeks in terms of the number of new cases, deaths and hospitalizations, as well as in relation to the indicators to be taken into account, namely the relative ones. the assessment of the risk of transmission of the infection and the level of incidence, but also considering the high level of vaccination achieved in Portugal, justifies the renewal of the declaration of the alert situation throughout the mainland national territory.
In view of the foregoing, this resolution renews the alert status, in force throughout the continental national territory until November 30, 2021, with all rules and measures in force since October 1st being equally in force of 2021 under the Resolution of the Council of Ministers No. 135-A/2021 , of 29 September.
Read summary below
Update 30th September 2021
Resolution of Council of Ministers – Situation of Alert 135-A/2021 from 1st October to 31st October 2021
Main measures (read full Resolution here)
Current Situation of Contingency replaced by Situation of Alert to 23.59 hrs 31st October 2021
Decree law 78-A/2021
Wearing of masks:
Our Role in civil protection
Safe Communities Portugal’s role includes helping to create public awareness in areas such as rural fire prevention and others areas involving public safety. Setting fire to rural areas such as forests, shrub lands and agricultural areas, whether deliberately or through negligence, can result in a major disaster with possible loss of life, injury and destruction of infrastructure, land and property. Much of this is preventable
The specific roles of Safe Communities Portugal in such circumstances is to support the work of the authorities such as the ANEPC (National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority), ICNF, Bombeiros, GNR and other agencies, by helping to disseminate information to all communities and visitors to Portugal through this website, our newsletter and various seminars and displays.
To keep up to date with matters concerning forest fires, the UV index, fire risk, earthquake activity and weather click the bars to the right of this page. We have also, in liaison with the ANEPC, added links to some of the best meteorological websites sites on each our pages so you can obtain quality information and maps showing current and forecast conditions.
Everyone has a role to play, ranging from helping to prevent rural fires, removing leaves from guttering to help prevent flooding to checking on the elderly neighbours to see if they are OK in very hot weather! Learn more in our specific pages and help keep you community safe.
Safe Communities was invited in January 2022 to participate in the 7th National Resilient City Conference in Odemira. A copy of SCP presentation can be down loaded here:
Presentation Odemira January 2023
If you need to contact the Bombeiros for any reason (except emergencies when you should use 112) then click here for the full list of stations.
Role of the ANEPC
Civil Protection is the activity carried-out by the State, Autonomous Regions and Local Authorities, by citizens and by all public and private entities, with the aim of preventing collective risks that causes serious accidents or disasters, to attenuate its effects and to protect and help people and property in danger, whenever those situations occur. This is coordinated by the ANEPC.
Known previously as the ANPC, it became known officially as the ANEPC on 1st April 2019, the “E” denoting its coordinating role during emergencies.
Civil protection objectives are to: rescue and to assist people in danger; protect cultural and environmental assets and other assets of high public interest and to support the re-establishment of normality in the life of people living in the areas affected by serious accidents or disasters. Its responsibilities are:
The ANEPC produces daily information on its website concerning the location and details of rural fires and other major incidents in Portugal. It is important especially during the dry season to check this information to ascertain the location of such fires and occurrences to avoid travelling to these areas. If you are in these areas these pages also keep you up to date with developments concerning the deployment of emergency services. Simply click “Rural Fires” and “Other occurrences” to obtain the daily information.
Restructuring of ANEPC wef 4th January 2023
The IMPA is also provides extensive weather information including daily air temperatures in your area; this can be found here.
Windfinder specializes in wind, waves, tides and weather reports and forecasts for wind related sports like kite surfing, windsurfing, surfing, sailing or paragliding.
These are the real-time measurements from weather stations in Portugal. Check the current wind and weather observations when travelling to Portugal or during a vacation or sailing trip. The wind report map for Portugal gives you an overview to find the best conditions before heading to the beach, surf spot or launch site to go kiteboarding, windsurfing, surfing, sailing or paragliding.
Natural and Man Made Disasters
Natural and man-made disasters affect the lives of European citizens, the European economy and the environment every year. Whether of natural or man-made origin, disasters are becoming increasingly extreme and complex, exacerbated by the impacts of climate change in our interlinked economies, and are by nature irrespective of national borders. There is a need to support the improvement of European capacities to assess risk, as the first step towards the development of disaster prevention and emergency plans, while allowing European countries to assess their levels of preparedness and capabilities to manage disasters. In the context of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM)1 , the European Commission has established a cross-sectoral overview of natural and man-made disaster risks the Union may face. this can be downloaded here.
Since 2008 all ANEPC District and Municipal emergency plans that have been approved have been available in the Emergency Planning Information System for the public and can be downloaded here.
In May 2015 we produced a comprehensive newsletter about forest fires, the critical fire period, how and when to clean your land and contacting the emergency services. Download here to obtain your copy.
All prevention and protective information is from official sources.
Meteorology is the study of the atmosphere, atmospheric phenomena, and atmospheric effects on our weather. Meteorology is important because of the impact of air conditions on life.
First of all weather forecasting has a vital role in preparing for extreme weather conditions such as high temperatures, heavy rain in order to prevent disasters.
Second, long term weather forecasting is important for agriculture. Drought can cause starvation. Meteorology is important for farmers since crops need water to grow up.
Meteorology is also important for both air and marine transportation. Windy weather effect planes and ships. Lightning can be dangerous for planes. High seas can impact on shipping. Airports may stop their operations and ships stay in harbours in extreme weather conditions.
It is also important so we can determine our daily activities and go about these in safety.
Safe Communities Portugal and the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere have therefore collaborated together in order to promote the importance of the IPMA’s work in our day to day lives. The purpose of this page is to provide an introduction to their work and where more detailed information on their excellent comprehensive website can be found.
Simply click on the tab on the right of this page to link to the relevant pages of the IPMA website.