Mesimex 2006 Drill
- Mesimex 2006 Drill
- The eruptive phase and the national emergency plan
- Objectives of the drill
- The scenario and the programme
- Parties involved
- Safeguarding archaeological assets
Mesimex 2006 Drill
“Mesimex 2006” - Major Emergency SIMulation EXercise – is part of the training programme organised by the Community Mechanism for Civil Protection.
In December 2006 the European Commission approved the Italian proposal to hold a community-level drill for volcano risk, to take place in the area of Vesuvius, simulating the civil protection operations that would become necessary should Vesuvius erupt once again.
The programme for the drill, necessarily condenses into just a few days the events and activities that would actually take place over several weeks or months. It starts from the moment that the scientific equipment monitoring and controlling the volcano signals the occurrence of precursory phenomena to the Precursory Civil Protection Department, indicating a possible new eruption by Vesuvius. It then develops through the intensification phase with scientific controls carried out on the volcano, includes a specific moment when safety measures are put in place for cultural assets, culminates with simulated evacuation of the inhabitants of 18 municipalities in the “red zone” and concludes with a final phase when the state of alarm ends.
Four European Union member states participate actively in the drill - France, Spain, Portugal and Sweden – with experts sent in to make up VETs (Volcano Expert Teams) and FASTs (Foreigners Assistance and Support Team).
National coordination of the exercise is entrusted to the National Civil Protection Department, in compliance with Italian law no. 225 of 1992.
The international Mesimex 2006 is scheduled from 18 to 23 October 2006 in the Campania Region.- Next