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Why we need an Emergency Response Coordination Centre?

When a disaster strikes, every minute counts: in order to save lives, immediate, coordinated and pre-planned response is essential, even more so as natural and man-made disasters are on the rise due to climate change, population growth, urbanisation and increased industrial activity.

In the spirit of solidarity, the European Union supports disaster response in a timely and efficient manner and to ensure European assistance meets the real needs in the population affected, whether in Europe or beyond. Any country inside or outside the EU affected by a major disaster can make an appeal for assistance directly to the ERCC.

Emergency Response Coordination Centre in action.

How are we helping?

The Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC), operated within ECHO, has been set up to support a coordinated and quicker response to disasters both inside and outside Europe using resources from 34 countries participating in the Union Civil Protection Mechanism. The ERCC replaces and upgrades the functions of the previous Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC). 

With a capacity to deal with several simultaneous emergencies in different time zones, around-the-clock, the ERCC is a coordination hub facilitating a coherent European response during emergencies helping to cut unnecessary and expensive duplication of efforts. 

It collects and analyses real-time information on disasters, monitors hazards, prepares plans for the deployment of experts, teams and equipment, and works with Member States to map available assets and coordinate the EU's disaster response efforts by matching offers of assistance to the needs of the disaster-stricken country.

Better planning and the preparation of a set of typical disaster scenarios will further enhance the ERCC's capacity for rapid response.  The ERCC also supports a wide range of prevention and preparedness activities, from awareness-raising to field exercises simulating emergency response.

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    UCPM 

    EU Civil Protection Mechanism | European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
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    Financing civil protection 

    Financing civil protection | European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations - European Commission
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    Who is Who in ECHO 

    Organisational chart | European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations - European Commission
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    ECHO Website 

    Eu Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid helps save lives in crises and emergencies worldwide
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    Legal Framework 

    Legal framework | European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations - European Commission
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    Decision No 1313/2013/EU 

    Consolidated text: Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism (Text with EEA relevance)Text with EEA relevance
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    Decision No 2014/762/EU 

    2014/762/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 16 October 2014 laying down rules for the implementation of Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism and repealing Commission Decisions 2004/277/EC, Euratom and 2007/606/EC, Euratom (notified under document C(2014) 7489)