FORS Montenegro organised a press conference in Podgorica today, with the aim to present new vehicle for the Directorate for Emergency Management of Montenegro and the equipment for the Institute of Hydrometeorology and Seismology of Montenegro. The equipment procured within the cross-border cooperation project “Let’s Be Prepared” was presented to the public. The value of the van is € 22,562, while the equipment for numeric wether prognisis and numerica early announcement and warning is € 19,350. On this occassion the media were addressed by Mirsad Mulić, Director-General of the Directorate for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro, Luka Mitrović, Director of the Institute of Hydrometeorology and Seismology of Montenegro, Melanie Bride, Project Manager for Cross-border Cooperation in the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro and Miodrag Račeta, Head of Sector for European Territorial Cooperation in the Office for European Integration of Montenegro.
The project “Let’s Be Prepared” implemented by FORS Montenegro is funded by the European Union within the IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Serbia – Montenegro 2014-2020 and in Montenegro it is co-funded by the Ministry of Public Administration. The Contracting Authority for the project is the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia – Department for Contracting and Financing of EU Funded Programmes.
The project aims to strengthen capacities of institutions and services from Montenegro and Serbia dealing with protection and rescue for prevention and mitigation of floods and fires, as well as to raise the awareness of the local population in the cross-border area on disaster risk reduction. In addition to the equipment presented today, the project includes procurement of the equipment for the protection and rescue services from the municipalities covered by the project. The other activities of the project include trainings for representatives of institutions and services dealing with protection and rescue, cross-border field exercises, seminars on good practice models in protection from floods and fires, trainings for representatives of hydro meteorological services, international conference on disaster risk reduction, awareness raising campaign on the risks of disasters, preventive measures and protection and rescue activities, etc.
The target area of the project includes the municipalities of Berane, Bijelo Polje, Žabljak, Nikšić, Petnjica, Pljevlja and Šavnik in Montenegro and the municipalities of Novi Pazar, Raška, Sjenica and Tutin in Serbia. The project is implemented in partnership with the Sector for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia. The main target groups include Directorate for Emergency Management of Montenegro, Institute of Hydrometeorology and Seismology of Montenegro and municipal protection and rescue units.