Emergency Response Activities

Enabling worldwide use of specialized and tailored products in support of environmental emergency response involving large-scale dispersion of airborne hazardous substances.

The Emergency Response Activities (ERA) Programme was established to assist National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), their respective national agencies and relevant international organizations to respond effectively to environmental emergencies involving large-scale transport and dispersion of airborne hazardous substances. Following the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident in 1986, the ERA Programme focused its operational arrangements and support on nuclear facility accidents. The Programme is now expanding to emergency response for non-nuclear environmental emergencies such as the dispersion of smoke from large fires, ash and other emissions from volcanic eruptions, and chemical releases from industrial accidents.

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