Decreto-Lei n.º 2/2019

Publicação: Diário da República n.º 8/2019, Série I de 2019-01-11
  • Emissor:Presidência do Conselho de Ministros
  • Entidade Proponente:Administração Interna
  • Tipo de Diploma:Decreto-Lei
  • Número:2/2019
  • Páginas:105 - 108
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Summary in plain english (Without legal value)

What is it?

This decree-law creates the National Risk Monitoring and Communication, Special Alert and Warning to the Population System.

What is going to change?

A national alert and warning system is created so that, in the case of severe accidents and catastrophes, the populations are more prepared for the risks involved.

This system manages the information between the civil protection authorities and all the other entities involved in the areas of risk communication and alert.

The following entities, among others, collaborate with the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC):

    • the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA)
    • the National Institute of Medical Emergency (INEM)

Example: IPMA informs of the possible occurrence of a tsunami and ANEPC communicates the civil protection warning to the population.

This risk communication may be carried out through the:

Risk monitoring and communication: Communicate, by email or mobile phone, for instance, that a severe accident has happened or is about to happen;

Special alert - Announce and communicate, by email or mobile phone, the Special Alert to the potentially affected territories, reinforcing the mobilisation and readiness of the civil protection agents;

Civil protection warning - Communicate, by television, mobile phone or social networks, for instance, the increased risk or advise the populations to take certain actions for their protection.

What advantages does it bring?

This decree-law aims to:

    • Reinforce the prevention and intervention means, throughout the national territory, in situations of severe accident or catastrophe;
    • Improve the communication between the civil protection and the populations, for a more efficient support to the endangered people and goods.

When does it enter into force?

This decree-law enters into force on 1 January 2019.

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