October 1997

Chapter 11: Civil Emergency Planning

Relationship with Russia

1128. Since joining PfP, the one area with full Russian involvement which has been fully engaged has been the field of civil emergency planning. Russia has not only participated in the vast majority of CEP activities conducted under PfP, but has organized and hosted a number of major events, including major exercises with civil and military participation.

1129. Most of this cooperation is focused on disaster preparedness and improving the international mechanism for disaster response. Both NATO and the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (EMERCOM of Russia) have been active supporters of the United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-DHA) and, in particular, of the UN-DHA Project on "the Use of Military and Civil Defence Assets in Disaster Relief" (MCDA).

1130. The cooperation between NATO and EMERCOM of Russia is reflected in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on CEP and Disaster Preparedness which was signed on 20th March 1996. This MOU commits both parties to accelerate support for practical cooperation and mutual assistance in disaster, prevention, warning and detection, mitigation, and response and to increase their efforts in support of the MCDA project.


The Role of SCEPC in Peacetime, Crisis and War
Terms of Reference of the NATO Civil Emergency Planning Boards & Committees (PB&Cs)
Consequences for Civil Emergency Planning of the New Alliance Strategic Concept
Ministerial Guidance for Civil Emergency Planning 1997 and 1998
NATO Policy on Cooperation for Disaster Assistance in Peacetime
MC 336/1
Movement and Transportation Concept for NATO
MC 400/1
Military Implementation of the Alliance's Strategic Concept
AD 86-1
SACEUR Policy and Guidance on Civil/Military Cooperation

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