A series of exercises related to the Be Drin project will take place in Albania and Kosovo during the first fifteen days of July.

The exercises will be related to both the flood risk in the selected areas (Shkoder in Albania and Malisheva in Kosovo*) and the interaction between international personnel and local organisations.
A team of 18 experts coming from Italy, Hungary and Romania will coordinate the exercises and supervise the scenarios; on the player side, the exercises will involve the  volunteers of the Volunteer Center for Civil Emergencies (QVEC), the Albanian Red Cross, the Kosovo* Emergency Management Agency, the Kosovo Red Cross Organisations, Firefighters, Police and the Municipality of Malisheva.
On Sunday, July 2nd  2017, a first exercise will take place in Shkoder, involving the QVEC and the Albanian Red Cross, related to the set up of an emergency shelter area, a non-food items distribution point, the raising of water barriers and the simulated emergency evacuation of tourists trapped in a bus crash, in addition to a search and rescue action of a missing person.
The day after, the scenario will change: 3 international assessment teams will work in Shkoder in order to define procedures for long term deployments, supported by the QVEC, identifying potential risks (both in town and along the river) and defining a plan of action for future disaster risk reduction activities.

Exercise in Albania, July 2017

In Kosovo the operational phase will start on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017, for two days, after a last coordination meeting on July the 7th.
A local planning group composed by:
- the Municipality of Malisheva (vice-president and director of municipal directorates)
- media officer
- private sector
- police station
- fire-brigade and rescue unit
- Red Cross branch
are the players for both the phases.
The exercise in Kosovo is split in two phases.
A tabletop exercise for decision-makers and policy group, with the objective to enhance local incident commander capability and provide a strong policy group support in case of disaster.
And a field exercise aimed to test response capabilities in surface search and rescue, relief, evacuation and sheltering procedures, registration, psycho-social services and other campsite services.
The action in Kosovo will take place in the town of Malisheva.
The work package is coordinated by the Italian Civil Protection Department, activities are managed by the Italian and Romanian Red Cross with scenario manager, observer and support personnel come from ANPAS, CIMA Foundation, CISOM and Hungarian MALTAI.

*This designation is without prejudice to position on status, and is in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1244/99 and the International Court of Justice Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence

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9/20th February Live from Tirana - Needs Assessment Team in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia