Grande Marlaska chairs a meeting to analyze the measures adopted within the framework of the National Civil Protection System to combat COVID-19

This Committee, meeting in an extraordinary capacity after the declaration of the state of alarm, is the highest coordinating body of the National Civil Protection System, and has been established to support the National Health System.

Grande-Marlaska has highlighted the interest of this round of meetings to guarantee effective coordination of the actions being carried out at all levels of the National Civil Protection System and to reinforce the exchange of information between all the Administrations and Entities involved , so that they can respond in the shortest possible time to the demands of citizens.

Likewise, he thanked the regional authorities for the collaboration that their respective Civil Protection services are offering to the State Security Forces and Bodies and to the Armed Forces to, among other things, start up health infrastructures or give support in relief tasks. to the most vulnerable population.

The Minister of the Interior has been accompanied by the Undersecretary of the Interior, Isabel Goicoechea, and the Director General of Civil Protection and Emergencies, Leonardo Marcos, and the competent autonomous councilors and the Government delegates in the respective communities and cities have participated in the meeting. autonomous; as well as the director of the Department of National Security, general Miguel Ángel Ballesteros, and the president of the Spanish Red Cross, Javier Senent, among others.

Operative activated and outstanding actions

Ministry of InteriorIn support of the National Health System in managing the crisis caused by COVID-19, the National Civil Protection System has kept all management bodies active, both at the state and regional level, since the declaration of the state of alarm. Strengthened communication systems between the autonomous Civil Protection services to give a coordinated and effective response to the health emergency.

Today's meeting has served to analyze the capacities that the various Public Administrations and Entities have in operation and the development of the activities that they are carrying out.

The National Civil Protection System, which is functionally dependent on the Minister of the Interior, coordinates the action of nearly 350,000 people who work in their respective fields in the fight against the pandemic. They are operatives of the State Security Forces and Bodies and of the Armed Forces, Civil Protection and Emergency Services of all administrations, Military Emergency Unit, firefighters, forest and environmental agents and 112 centers, among others, who work in large number of activities in defense of the population and their property.

Together with them, the Red Cross and the Civil Protection Volunteers who support these operations collaborate, especially dealing with the most vulnerable groups, and which constitute a fundamental pillar of the National Civil Protection System.

Within the meeting, they have also referred to the actions within the framework of the European Civil Protection Mechanism, whose activity is currently focused on the repatriations of Spanish and European citizens who are outside their countries, as well as on the constitution of a strategic sanitary material reserve.

# YoHagoPorTí, Solidarity support campaign for the most vulnerable

The Interior Minister has conveyed to CECO participants the need to continue efforts in the field of communication to ensure that citizens have rigorous and reliable information on the evolution of the pandemic and are aware, in turn , of the importance of following official recommendations to avoid risks of contagion.

In this sense, he recalled that, in addition to the #EsteVirusLoParamosUnidos Campaign, the General Directorate of Civil Protection and Emergencies has launched, in collaboration with Spanish Red Cross, the #YoHagoPorTi Campaign to promote solidarity behaviors among the neighbors, so that the most vulnerable people: elderly, sick or disabled, can count on the support of their closest environment. Also, various recommendations and psychological advice for confinement have been given.

These campaigns, in addition to those that each Community can launch, are a key element to achieve the objective that citizens stay at home and thus collaborate to stop the contagion curve.

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