Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters in the Eastern Partnership Countries

EU-funded Flagship Initiative increasing disaster risk management capacities in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

One of the key elements of the PPRD East 2 Programme is the enhancement of Host Nation Support (HNS) arrangements in Partner Countries. Experience from recent disasters, including the forest fires in Georgia 2017, demonstrated that pre-planned arrangements by the disaster stricken country for the reception and employment of incoming assistance contribute greatly to the efficiency of the operation.

Following the previous national HNS Table-Top exercise (TTX), regional TTX and full-scale field exercise EU MOLDEX 2017, all conducted within the PPRD East 2 in the period 2015 – 2017, respectively; the PPRD East 2 Programme together with the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova agreed to organise yet another HNS TTX to test the national “Regulation on Providing Support to the Host Nation in Emergency Situations” and “Standard Operating Procedures for HNS” that were developed by the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations with support of the PPRD East 2 Programme and adopted by the Government of Moldova in 2017.

The scenario for the table-top exercise was based on the highest natural risks existing in Moldova; those being an earthquake and floods. The intention was to engage all participants – national HNS stakeholders – to jointly debate and assess all respective HNS subjects – from the initial stages of the emergency to the arrival of the international rescue teams to the territory of Moldova. The exercise was followed by a discussion where all participants were given the opportunity to analyse the lessons learnt during the exercise. This feedback will serve for further improvement of the HNS system in Moldova.

The Host Nation Support Table-Top exercise was conducted in the Emergency Operation Centre of the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations in Chisinau on 23-24 January 2018.