22 Sept. 2000
- From 20 to 28 September 2000, a Disaster Relief Exercise - "Trans-Carpathia
2000", will be conducted in the Trans-Carpathian region (Western
Ukraine). This flood simulation exercise, conducted in the framework
of Partnership for Peace and as one of the major activities in the
NATO-Ukraine workplan, will bring together more than 350 personnel
from disaster response elements of eleven EAPC countries.
- This Exercise, which will be split in two parts, will be the first
exercise in which the Euro-Atlantic disaster response capability will
be fully tested. During the first phase of the exercise, procedures
of the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC)
will be exercised in response to a request for international assistance
from Ukraine. This part of the Exercise will be conducted from 20
to 23 September 2000, and will involve national disaster response
coordination centres in EAPC capitals as well as the EADRCC.
- This will be followed by a Field Exercise to be conducted from
26 to 28 September 2000, in Uzhgorod, Trans-Carpathia. This will involve
a simulated flood response exercise by disaster response teams from
assisting EAPC Countries operating for the first time as a Euro-Atlantic
Disaster Response Unit.
- The scenario for both the Command Post Exercise and the Field Exercise
build upon actual experience and lessons learned by Ukraine and the
EADRCC in dealing with major floods in the Trans-Carpathian region
two years ago. In addition to Ukraine, the following nations will
take part in this exercise: Belarus, Croatia, Hungary, Moldova, Poland,
Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland. Also, the United
Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs will actively
participate in the Field Exercise.
- During Trans-Carpathia 2000, Search and Rescue activities, the
provision of life support and medical care, water purification and
cleaning of contaminated rivers will be exercised. Additionally, a
train accident involving a damaged railcar containing toxic materials
will be part of the exercise.
- On Monday 25 September 2000, starting at 09.00 hours, the Ukraine
Minister of Emergencies and Affairs of Population Protection from
the Consequences of Chernobyl Catastrophe, Mr. Vasyl Dourdinets, and
the NATO Director Civil Emergency Planning, Dr. F.P. Palmeri, will
give a joint press conference in the Ministry of Emergencies in Kyiv.