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Latvian ministries to prepare possible state threat prevention plans

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAll Latvian ministries are to submit possible state threat prevention plan projects to the Crisis Management Council and risk assessments to the State Fire and Rescue Service before 31 July, as decided by the council on 9 April.

During the meeting, participants discussed the fact that certain ministries still have not submitted necessary information on risk assessment to SFRS so that the service is able to develop State Civil Protection Plan project.

Because defence commissions of three municipal cooperation territories have not affirmed and coordinated regulations or approved commission composition, duties, rights and supervisory activities, it was decided for Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry to request this information from municipalities, compile it and then submit it to the fire and rescue service.

Additionally, Crisis Management Council has asked Agriculture Ministry and Defence Ministry to submit to SFRS risk assessment for disasters before 15 May 2019.

After looking as the report on the massive fire that ravaged Talsu County last summer, as well as information on international aid, it was decided that disaster management institutions are to submit to Crisis Management Council information regarding intergovernmental agreements on international assistance before 10 May.

Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, as chairman of the Crisis Management Council, said at the end of the meeting: «Currently it is important for the country to be prepared to react to crises. We have to make sure the country is fully prepared to react to all kinds of crisis and disasters. It is important to survey existing risks and reaction capabilities and include them in the State Civil Protection Plan.» The meeting concluded with discussions about the readiness of services, their capacity and reaction to a potential drought this summer.

Crisis Management Council is a coordinating institution. Its objective is ensuring coordinated action from state and municipal institutions in preventive measures against state threats and clean-up activities after disasters.


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