#EUCivilProtectionMechanism activated in response to the earthquake in #Indonesia

| October 8, 2018

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated to respond to the devastating effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The Commission’s Emergency Response Co-ordination Centre is now working 24/7 to mobilize offers of assistance to the affected areas. In an immediate response, initial offers have been made by Belgium and Denmark. More assistance is expected to be channelled in the coming days. “European solidarity knows no borders. We are working round the clock to channel essential supplies through our Civil Protection Mechanism. I thank the states that have offered assistance so far and I call on our Member States to continue to respond swiftly,” said Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides. This comes on top of the €1.5 million package of initial EU humanitarian assistance that was mobilised in the immediate aftermath of the disaster already last weekend. Additionally, Copernicus, the Commission’s emergency satellite mapping services, has produced satellite maps to assess the situation in the affected areas and help national authorities and responders on the ground. The Commission co-finances the transport costs of assistance mobilised through the Civil Protection Mechanism, which can only be activated upon request of an affected country. Photos and video stockshots of the Emergency Centre are available.

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