The three-day flood protection practice will take place in early November within the framework of the EUWA EU program organized by the National Disaster Management Directorate.
The details of the staff management and field practices were agreed by the program managers in the Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county Disaster Management Directorate which will host the practice.
Thirty-eight percent of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County, more than 2200 square kilometer is endangered by flood, almost 210 thousand people is living in this area in 139 settlements – pointed out Béla Varga artillery colonel, director of the Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County Disaster Management Directorate at the opening of the project meeting. The colonel added: there was never a natural disaster like that in the county yet, where international help would have been needed, that’s why this international practice is so outstanding.
Leader of the EUWA project, Péter Jaczkovics artillery colonel pointed out, that on the three-day field practice not only the disaster management will participate but also international helpers, the Hungarian Red Cross and the colleagues of Budapest Waterworks. Their task will be to avoid a disaster situation caused by flood.
Péter Jackovics pointed out, from European support they have not yet been able to implement such a large-scale exercise, moreover for the first time the water treatment module which already proven itself in a number of European countries will also join the flood protection practice, in addition a field handbook and a project dictionary will be made.
Szarka Zsolt artillery lieutenant colonel, leader of the project’s exercise planning work group presented the details of the flood practice, and after the theoretical preparation the program managers during a site visit inspected the Rézköz reservoir area.