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Civil- Emergency Exercise ''ARMENIA 2010''

The Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) will conduct the consequence management field exercise “Armenia 2010” from 11 to 17 September 2010 in the city of Arzni, in the Kotayk region next to Yerevan in Armenia.

Teams from 15 Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) and Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) nations are planned to take part in the exercise and 11 additional countries are scheduled to participate by sending staff officers.

All together, more than 600 individuals belonging to civilian and military teams from NATO and partner countries with capabilities to deal with different aspects of emergencies will take part in the event. Some 40 observers are also expected. “Armenia 2010” will allow NATO and partner countries to practice disaster response mechanisms and capabilities and to enhance co-operation in emergency situations.

The scenario for the exercise will be a severe earthquake in the vicinity of Yerevan, resulting in high numbers of victims and widespread damage to critical infrastructure, including chemical spills and a radiological incident.

Through this exercise, NATO and partner nations will practice the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) procedures and capabilities, in order to improve nations’ ability to respond to a disaster. The exercise will also contribute to strengthen the stricken nation’s capability to effectively coordinate consequence management operations.

The exercise will consist of the following phases:

11-13 September 2010: Organisation of on-site Operations, reception of teams, training for participants and a Command Post Exercise.

14-15 September 2010: Field activities at the exercise sites.

15-16 September 2010: Evaluation, VIP day, demonstrations and a closing ceremony.

The exercise “ARMENIA 2010” is an Armenian contribution to the Partnership for Peace (PfP) Work Programme for 2010. Since 2000, this is the twelfth field exercise conducted by the EADRCC.

Media arrangements:

Accreditation is necessary for all media representatives wishing to cover the exercise in Yerevan. The deadline for accreditation is 7 September 2010. 

Information on accreditation rules for journalist are to be found on http://www.armeniaforeignministry.com/

Applications for accreditation can be made through the following website: 

http://www.armeniaforeignministry.com/media/foreign-application-form-new.doc 

During the exercise “Armenia 2010”, a Media centre will be operational in the exercise Base Camp area. The Centre will be staffed by the Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations.

Media accommodations

Media representatives are requested to make their own accommodation arrangements.

Visa

Foreign nationals who need an entry visa are requested to apply for it at the nearest diplomatic representation of Armenia.

Enquiries:

Ms. Narine Harutyunyan
Press Department, MFA Armenia
Tel: +37410 544041-202
Mob.: + +37494340331
E-mail: n.harutyunyan@mfa.ampress@mfa.am

NATO Point of Contact:

NATO Press and Media Section
NATO Headquarters, Brussels
Tel: +32 2 707 50 35

Last updated: 27-Aug-2010 16:15

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