In order to inform the students about the activities which they can do so as to help themselves and their families stay safe during disasters, the organisation of lectures on disaster risk reduction is currently in progress for the students of the High Economic and Hopsitality School in Bar and General High School “Slobodan Škerović” in Podgorica. The lectures are beng organised in cooperation with the representatives of the Directorate for Emergency Management from Podgorica and Bar.
During the lectures, the students are familiarised with the guidelines on how to react during specific emergencies, such as floods, fires and earthquakes. Although most of these hazards cannot be prevented, they received instructions and advice on the activities which should be undertaken before, during and after an emergency so as to reduce its harmful consequences. Some of the instructions given include: identification of safe places in homes and schools in case of earthquakes, identification of evacuation exits, placing of hazardous and inflammable items in safe places, proper waste disposal etc. Also, the representatives of the Directorate for Emergency Management informed the students on the unique European emergency number – 112, through which they can get the assistance of any emergency service – police, protection and rescue service and emergency medical aid, in Montenegro, the neighbouring countries and EU Member States. During the lectures, the video recordings of the consequences of a devastating earthquakes which hit Montenegro in 1979 and the recordings of floods in 2010. .
The lectures are organised within the project Disasters do not know borders which has the aim to strengthening capacities of institutions and services from Montenegro and Albania dealing with protection and rescue for disaster risk reduction, as well as raising awareness of the local population on the risks of floods.
The project is implemented in partnership with the Directorate for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro and the Prefecture of Shkodra from Albania. The project is financed by the European Union through Cross-border Cooperation Programme Montenegro-Albania 2014-2020.