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CULTURAL HERITAGE. RISKS AND SECURING ACTIVITIES
Approaches, tools and techniques of emergency planning for protecting
and safeguarding cultural heritage.

All over Europe, emergency plans are the instrument commonly used to manage preparedness and response to natural hazards and risks in the territory. When a disaster hits, as  a consequence of a natural hazard (a flood, an earthquake, a landslide, a forest fire etc…), the community is prepared and ready to tackle the emergency thanks to plans that have been designed in “peacetime”.

The true focus of emergency planning is, firstly and rightly so, people’s safety and it will be accepted as a premise.

In most parts of Europe, disaster management plans at the local level seldom include cultural heritage as an objective for safeguarding and response measures. This is particularly true when it comes to non-managed assets, minor and local cultural assets widespread on the territory – for instance, old chapels that can be found in Alpine valleys – whereas more frequently major museums or cultural sites may already have their own Emergency Plans
in place.

Therefore, the main goal of this Sourcebook is to provide clear guidelines on how to operate according to the current
Civil Protection and Disaster Management response systems in place, in order to integrate the specific needs of
cultural heritage and ensure its protection on the territory.

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