From 31 January, an exceptional wave of bad weather has affected Italy especially in the central southern areas hit by heavy snowfalls.
The Civil Protection Department has followed the evolution of the scenario from the start. Local and national voluntary work of civil protection has been activated to support territorial protection activities and assistance to the population, in connection with the regional systems.
On 8 February the President of the Council of Ministers has signed a decree to dispose the involvement of operating structures of the National Civil Protection Service to overcome the emergency. The Head of the Civil Protection Department, Franco Gabrielli, has the task of coordinating every necessary intervention at national level. The legal measure wa published on the Official Gazette n0. 36 of 13 February 2012.
On 13 February the activities of the Operating Committee, gathered from 8 February to follow the situation and coordinate the interventions of the National Civil Protection, came to an end. Every situation not sorted out is still monitored and the Department is still in contact with the Regions until any criticality will be called off.
Snow emergency updates, press releases, legal measures and photos are published in this section.
- February 15, 2012 - Operating rules for possible hydrogeological emergencies
A circular newsletter contains the Head of Department's advice to the components of the Service
- February 13, 2012 - Bad weather in South-Central Italy: Operating Committee
The Department ensures coordination at national level of all interventions
- Nota del Capo Dipartimento: modalità di attivazione delle risorse pubbliche e private per l'emergenza neve
- Dpcm dell'8 febbraio 2012: dichiarazione eccezionale rischio di compromissione degli interessi primari per le eccezionali avversità atmosferiche di febbraio 2012
- July 18, 2012 - Emergenza neve e Fondo solidarietà europeo
- April 6, 2012 - Inoltrata la richiesta di attivazione del Fondo di Solidarietà per le nevicate dello scorso febbraio
- February 14, 2012 - Lettera di ringraziamento del Capo Dipartimento