Collaborative Crisis Preparedness: IGSU conducts Tabletop Exercise with international support

The Tabletop Exercise (TTX), organized by the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (IGSU) in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is now underway. The 36-hour exercise is taking place at the IGSU headquarters and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the day of December 20.

Today, the exercise involved a working meeting between the Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Adrian Efros, and the head of IGSU, Colonel Alexandru Oprea, as well as representatives of all institutions involved in managing simulated emergencies. The agenda of the meeting included briefing on actions taken to manage and remove the consequences of a simulated power outage in the whole country.

According to the Minister of Internal Affairs, the purpose of the exercise is to make relevant institutions work together and take operational and regulation actions in response to critical situations. The minister emphasized that “only by joining efforts can we respond to any crisis and ensure the safety of citizens and reduce or avoid the consequences of emergency situations, and the international experience contributes to better training for and response capacity of the Republic of Moldova to risk situations.

Minister Adrian Efros also expressed gratitude to international organizations for their support and their added value during the exercise, as well as to the participants for their active involvement.

IGSU specialists, along with colleagues from other units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, representatives of central authorities, and public institutions responsible for crisis management, are working together on 13 simulated tactical situations that might be caused by power outages. Employees of relevant institutions simulate joint actions to respond to internet and mobile outages and disconnections at strategic facilities such as hospitals, businesses, education institutions, the international airport, and border crossing points, as well as to other challenges that can affect the health and safety of citizens.

The exercise contributes to training specialists to manage emergencies in accordance with the protocols and plans in place and enables them to assess the level of preparedness in the event of a blackout in Moldova.

At the end of the exercise, the organizers and representatives of participating institutions will receive participation certificates.

TTX, organized with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), aims to strengthen the capacities of the central public administration bodies and public entities responsible for disaster management for responding promptly and appropriately to emergencies. It also seeks to develop their skills for risk reduction and mitigation of consequences in case of power outage.