TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia is to conduct a consequence management field exercise together with Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) in September, 2012.

Consequence management field exercise ‘Georgia 2012’ will be conducted in an area near Tbilisi from September 22 to 28.

13 additional countries will participate in the exercise bringing staff officers to Tbilisi. Groups from 11 Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) nations plan to participate in the Georgia 2012 exercise.

Georgia’s Interior Ministry informs that more than a thousand people will participate in the exercise from NATO Partner Countries. 60 observers will attend the event.

“Georgia 2012” will allow NATO and partner countries to practice disaster response mechanisms and capabilities and to enhance co-operation in emergency situations.”

Trainees will have to go through earthquake imitation in the suburbs of Tbilisi, an event which would cause injuries and large-scale destruction, maybe also a radiological incident.

“Through this exercise, NATO and partner nations will practice procedures and capabilities, in order to improve nations’ ability to respond to a disaster. The exercise will also contribute to strengthening the stricken nation’s capability to effectively coordinate consequence management operations.”