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The role of non-governmental organisations’ volunteers in civil protection: British Red Cross report

The role of non-governmental organisations’ volunteers in civil protection in European member states and European Economic Area countries.

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The issues of civil protection and responding to emergencies are increasingly pertinent to us all, particularly as national daily life across Europe is now sustained by trans-national networks of unprecedented complexity and uncharted dependencies. In recent months, each European Member State and European Economic Area Country has surely been considering its resilience and planning best use of its resources, including volunteers and non-governmental organisations.

As part of building its resilience, the UK Government has given full support to this British Red Cross led project which has been examining the role of non-governmental organisations’ volunteers in civil protection in European Member States and European Economic Area Countries.

The purpose of the project has been to enable European Member States and European Economic Area Countries to understand better the contribution that non-governmental organisations’ volunteers can make in the prevention of, planning for, and responding to civil emergencies and to consider how such contribution can be utilised fully.