Civil Emergency Planning

Armenia is determined to improve its emergency preparedness and response capabilities to deal with disasters and asymmetric threats. In the context of the IPAP, the Armenian Rescue Service is taking a number of measures to improve contingency planning and is actively contributing to the establishment of the planned government crisis-management centre. Armenia is also working to enhance links with the NATO-based Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) in order to contribute to international disaster relief operations.

Construction works on the National Crisis Management Centre Centre started in spring 2011. In the interim, the crisis management centre will operate from the building of the Ministry of Emergencies.Armenian authorities envisage that the National Crisis Management Centre would ultimately be connected to approximately 2.500 institutions, local and regional authorities and commercial enterprises.

In September 2010, the Armenian Rescue Service hosted the annual Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) exercise, “Armenia 2010”. The lead-in scenario focused on the consequences of a natural disaster in the form of a magnitude 7.2 earthquake. In addition to the host nation, some twelve EAPC and MD nations participated in the exercise by deploying response teams. For the first time, NATO Military Authorities (NMAs) participated in an EADRCC exercise with a transport aircraft (Boeing 707) from the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force. The aircraft deployed and re-deployed teams from four EAPC nations to and from the exercise location.