To mark the “International Day for Disaster Reduction”, the Portimão Civil Protection Service and Safe Communities Portugal are jointly holding a seminar on Thursday, 13th October, entitled “From Fires to Flooding – Disaster reduction in the Algarve”.

The event will take place at the Portimão Arena from 1500 to 1900 hrs, and will be officiated by  Exmº Presidente da Câmara Municipal de Portimão, Dra. Isilda Maria Prazeres Varges Gomes.

The overall aim of the seminar is to, enhance understanding of the work of civil protection and the emergency services in dealing with major disasters, including forest fires, floods, earthquakes and tsunamis.

The event will cover:  How major incident plans are commanded and coordinated; General principles and priorities that are adopted in dealing with such incidents; Overview of the major entities involved such as civil protection, Comando Distrital de Operações de Socorro de Faro, the Bombeiros, the GNR etc; Availability of resources, logistical support including donations;   Public role in disaster reduction and use of social media; monitoring weather, fire risk etc.; The new tsunami alert system in the Algarve – overview of the tsunami simulator and experiences  in dealing with the Monchique fires.

The presenters will be the Commanders of the civil protection, Bombeiros, GNR and other experts who have vast experience in dealing with fires, floods and other major occurrences in Portugal. This is a unique opportunity to learn from them how they work to protect our safety in the event of a major disaster, how we can be better prepared and what actions we should take when such incidents happen.

The seminar will be held in Portuguese and English and there will be plenty of time to ask questions. Entry is free.

If you would like to attend please contact Safe Communities Portugal on 913045093 or at to reserve your seat as this event is likely to be heavily subscribed.

Thursday 13th October 1500 to 1900 hrs, Portimão Arena, Parque de Feiras e Exposições de Portimão, Caldeira do Moinho, 8500-726 Portimão

(Same venue used for BLIP) – Auditorium. GPS: N 37º 8′ 44.59”, W 8º 32′ 3.26”. Parking immediately outside.