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The Latvian Red Cross (LatRC) together with the Finnish RC (main coordinator), the Lithuanian RC and the Estonian RC have been implementing the European Union-funded project “EvRe – Evacuation Ready” since January 2022.

Context & overall objectives

Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as well as Finland are geographically situated in the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. Population of this area is about 11’551,000 people. Countries shared coastline is almost 70 per cent (5’640 of 8’000 kilometer) of the Baltic Sea coastline. Baltic states and Finland share common features and challenges, including similar risks of emergencies and crisis that can have national but also regional implications. These includes the impacts of climate change, socio-economic instability and segregation, migration, terrorism, and geopolitical tension.

“EvRe – Evacuation ready” project will deepen the co-operation of Red Cross and civil protection authorities focusing on enhance capacities for set-up and organize evacuation centers with various emergency support services. Project will create standard operation procedures (SOP) for joint operations and by establishing new capacities for large-scale evacuations in cross-border operations caused by emergencies, natural disasters or other types of hazards. The project strengthens the Red Cross auxiliary role to authorities on large-scale emergencies at national and regional level.

Implementation period 2 years starting from Jan 2022

Work planned & main achievements
By the end of the project, the participating countries will benefit from a better understanding of existing response capacities and assets around the region, more trained staff and volunteers in evacuation center activities and receiving international assistance. At the end of the project, the regional response capacities are tested both in a table-top exercise and in field training exercise.

  1. Cross-border response plans are developed/improved, taking account host nation support
  2. SOPs for evacuation center activities and receiving international assistance have been developed
  3. Staff and volunteers have been trained for evacuation center activities and cross-border operations
  4. Cross-border operational collaboration in disaster response is tested and strengthened.

Results & impacts
As a main result of the EvRe project, improved cooperation and coordinated capacities will take place as well as improved practical capabilities in prevention, preparedness and response between the Red Cross and civil protection authorities. After the project, both Red Cross and authorities have strengthened capacities to respond in large scale national and cross-border disasters which required a coordinated approach.

Budget 0,3 M EUR (85 % EU Contribution) • 4 EU member states in Baltic Sea Region: Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. • 

Project manager in Latvia: Aija Strazda, aija.strazda@redcross.lv, +371 67336653

More information about the project is found in Finnish Red Cross homepage HERE!


Project “EvRe – Evacuation Ready” activities in May, 2022

On 3 and 24 May, 2022, a meeting of the coordinators of the project “EvRe – Evacuation Ready” took place, during which the project activities were planned, the preparation of the necessary documentation, communication activities and other issues related to the development of “EvRe” were discussed. The project will run until January 2024.

“EvRe – Evacuation ready” project will deepen the co-operation of Red Cross and civil protection authorities focusing on enhance capacities for set-up and organize evacuation centers with various emergency support services. Project will create standard operation procedures (SOP) for joint operations and by establishing new capacities for large-scale evacuations in cross-border operations caused by emergencies, natural disasters or other types of hazards. The project strengthens the Red Cross auxiliary role to authorities on large-scale emergencies at national and regional level.

 


LatRC is implementing the international project “EvRe – Evacuation Ready”

Published on 24.03.2022.

 

The Latvian Red Cross (LatRC) together with the Finnish RC (main coordinator), the Lithuanian RC and the Estonian RC have been implementing the European Union-funded project “EvRe – Evacuation Ready” since January 2022.

Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as well as Finland are geographically situated in the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. Population of this area is about 11,551,000 people. Countries shared coastline is almost 70 per cent of the Baltic Sea coastline. Baltic states and Finland share common features and challenges, including similar risks of emergencies and crisis that can have national but also regional implications. These include the impacts of climate change, socio-economic instability and segregation, migration, terrorism, and geopolitical tension. 

Evre – Evacuation ready project will deepen the co-operation of Red Cross and civil protection authorities focusing on enhance capacities for set-up and organize evacuation centers with various emergency support services. Project will create standard operation procedures (SOP) for joint operations and by establishing new capacities for large-scale evacuations in cross-border operations caused by emergencies, natural disasters or other types of hazards. The project strengthens the Red Cross auxiliary role to authorities on large-scale emergencies at national and regional level.

Implementation period: 2 years starting from Jan 2022

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