Baltprep – Baltic Sea region preparedness and response capacity

Joonas Brandt / Finnish Red Cross
Image: Joonas Brandt / Finnish Red Cross

The Baltprep project improves and optimizes quality and interoperability of the Red Cross and civil protection authorities’ regional response capacity for major accidents. The project involves staff, volunteers and international aid workers from each Red Cross National Society in addition to the Civil Protection Authorities.

Baltic Sea region

The Baltic Sea region covers a significant area of northern Europe representing nearly a fifth of the EU population.Over the past few years, issues of preparedness have emerged strongly in the region.

The project strengthens collaboration and regional preparedness in and between 7 EU member states: Finland, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

By the end of the project, capacities and interoperability in Psychosocial Support (PSS) in emergencies are increased, co-operation between civil protection and humanitarian aid actors are enhanced and trans-border and macro regional co-operation are improved.

The participating countries will benefit from a better understanding of existing response capacities and assets around the region, more trained staff and volunteers, and a solid sub-regional framework for preparedness by established working group and preparedness planning.

The regional response capacities are tested in a table-top exercise to capture findings and lessons learnt for further regional development.

The region benefits from improved coordination, quality and interoperability of existing response capacities and more efficient and standardized assistance in case of an emergency.

The participating Red Cross National Societies are Finnish Red Cross (RC), Estonian RC, Latvian RC, Lithuanian RC, Polish RC, German RC, and Danish RC.

Funding is applied from EU Civil protection calls for preparedness (internal projects), and the budget consists of 75% EU contribution.

For more information, please contact: Minna Pesu, tel. +358 40 141 7498. E-mail:





Benjamin Suomela / Finnish Red Cross
Within the umbrella of the BALTPREP project, the first meeting of a newly established Baltic Sea Region Disaster Management Technical Working Group took place in Helsinki on 7 June, 2019.
The forum is meant for peer learning, exchange of knowledge and support as well as to ensure cooperation of the Baltic Sea region National Societies in the field of disaster management.
Finnish Red Cross

BALTPREP welcomed ideas from key stakeholders in the kick-off event held in Helsinki.