The National Commission for Civil Protection (CNPC), chaired by the Secretary of State for Civil Protection, José Artur Neves, met yesterday, July 4, 2019, at the headquarters of the National Authority for Emergency and Civil Protection (ANEPC).

The results of the meeting include the approval of a set of Civil Protection Emergency Plans, of different levels and typologies, which aim to contribute to a better preparation in the response to major accidents and disasters.

Within the scope of the National Strategy for Preventive Civil Protection (ENPCP), approved by the Council of Ministers on October 31, 2017, and with the aim of emphasizing the preventive aspect of civil protection as a determining factor for the constitution of a more resilient society, the regulation of the Prize for Recognition of Good Practices in Resilience Promotion was also approved, aiming to highlight the work carried out by the Municipalities and / or Parishes in this area.

In accordance with the operational objectives of ENPCP and considering the publication of Decree-Law no. 2/2019, of January 11, establishing the National System of Monitoring and Communication of Risk, Special Alert and Notice to the Population, were also approved two guiding Standards i) for the installation of standardized signs for the risk of tsunami and rupture of dams and ii) for the operation of warning systems to the population by sound signals, resulting from the work developed by ANEPC, in articulation with the Portuguese Agency Environment and the Directorate-General of the Maritime Authority.

The National Civil Protection Commission also took note of the update of the National Risk Assessment, prepared in accordance with the guidelines issued by the European Commission and in line with that recommended by Decision 1313/2013 / EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 of December 2013, which is assumed as a strategic document for risk management at the national level, contributing to the planning and organization of responses to major accidents and disasters. This Assessment takes into account the effects of climate change on risks.

The form for post-earthquake damage assessment in current buildings was also presented, which resulted from the joint effort of several entities that collaborated with ANEPC in the framework of the activities of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction