A conference call has been held today at the Emergency Ministry’s National Crisis Management Center during which Minister Vladimir Puchkov ordered that stable operation of all essential services should be ensured in remote and hard-to-reach settlements, as well as readiness of forces and facilities of the Single State Disaster Management System during winter.
“There are over 160 districts and more than 1,200 remote and hard-to-reach settlements in Russia. We need to make sure that those areas have stable supply and transport services available in case of bad weather like snowdrifts and ice rains,” the Minister said.
He added that fishermen and all those disregarding water safety rules should be informed about the dangers and that rescuers should be on duty in places where people go onto ice.
He also ordered all the Ministry’s directorates to ensure preparedness of forces and facilities, stable operation of essential services, to make necessary stockpiling and ensure operation of territorial subsystem of the Single State Disaster Management System.
“Forces and facilities of the SSDMS have to be ready to respond to possible emergencies in accordance with forecast: take preventive efforts to reduce the risk of accidents, check temporary shelters, essential camps and warming centers,” Mr. Puchkov stressed.
The Minister also pointed out that the Emergency Ministry was going to go on overtime from 25 December to 10 January.
He especially mentioned operability of essential services in regions.
“I am asking to check reserves of fuel, stable operation of boiler rooms, all essential services, so that we don’t have any problems during New Year holidays,” he said.