Mitigation planning for snowfall and frost in the Region of Epirus (Greece)
Topic of the practice
Good Practice Information
The Region of Epirus is located in the north-west part of Greece and consists of four Regional Units. The problems of snowfalls and frost are two of the main problems that the Civil Protection has to deal with during winter. Low temperatures result to ice on road, making driving extremely dangerous, while heavy snowfalls can make villages in the mountains inaccessible. Each Regional Unit therefore defines and materializes several measures against snowfalls and frost. Mitigation planning has, in the general case, three different levels in Greece. On the highest level, there is the General Plan for Civil Protection named “KSENOKRATIS”. On the middle level there are the plans/guidelines from the General Secretariat of Civil Protection. Each one of them refers to a specific kind of hazard and can be applied to the whole country. On the lowest level there are the plans on regional/local level. Those plans are based on the guidelines of the General Secretariat of Civil Protection and take into consideration the vulnerabilities and the needs of an area. Many partners, such as the Region, the Municipalities, the traffic police, the fire brigade, the army, volunteer organizations, enterprises etc. are involved in the implementation of the plans. The body that coordinates all these partners is the Coordinating Body of the Regional Unit. This Body has meetings at least twice a year under the presidency of the Vice President of the Regional Unit. Some of the most important lessons from the implementation of the plan against snowfalls and frost are: Cooperation among involved bodies is vital, while it is important to be defined exactly what each partner has to do and how this will be done. Each partner should take into consideration the available funds and resources.
Evidence of success
The general plan for snowfalls and frost is drafted by the General Secretariat of Civil Protection and consequently implemented on a regional Level, by taking into consideration the specific needs of the area. The competences of the involved bodies, as they are defined in the plan, make it necessary to cooperate closely among the partners. The implementation of the plan is discussed during regular meeting of the Coordinating Body in autumn, while remarks on the weaknesses spotted during the actual implementation by the involved partners can be made during the regular meeting of the Coordinating body in spring. In that way the implementation of the plan strengthens the cooperation within the network of the Coordinating Body and is therefore considered a best practice in mitigation planning.
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Region of Epirus
Annex completed on: 09-12-2012