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The Civil Protection Department has been grounded in the offices of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers since 1982.
It has a guiding role, in agreement with regional and local governments, of projects and activities for the prevention, forecast and monitoring of risks and intervention procedures that are common to the whole system.
The Department coordinates the response to natural disasters, catastrophes or other events - events of C type - that intensity and extent, should be faced with extraordinary powers and means.
Moreover, also in agreement with the regional governments and local authorities, working in the drafting of legislation on the prevention of risks and regulatory measures needed to cope with disasters and minimize damage to people and property.
It promotes drills, national and international training projects and activities that contribute to spreading the culture of civil protection.