MOSCOW, November 2 /TASS/. The indices of protection of the population against emergencies and the level of people’s security in Crimea and Sevastopol exceed the national average, Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov told TASS after his working trip to Crimea.
"The Russian Emergencies Ministry and all the federal structures in Crimea and Sevastopol have been working in unison over the past three years. This allows us to have stable indices of the protection of people’s lives and health and the provision of security for tourists. Today, the peninsula has better indicators than in other parts of Russia on average," the Russian emergencies minister said.
Puchkov noted that Crimea had the risks of practically all natural disasters, including possible seismic activity; sharp temperature difference and dangerous natural phenomena. "Besides, there are other artificial risks created by outside factors. Suffice it to remember last year’s blackout in Crimea," the Russian emergencies minister said.
At present, a new energy system is developing on the peninsula. "Reserve mobile generating capacities, which are constantly operational, have been created," Puchkov explained.
He added that the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations was reinforcing the potential of fire-fighting and rescue services in Crimea and Sevastopol. "The plans include the delivery of robotics and drones, which are already monitoring the fire-hazardous situation and can be used for searching lost tourists and for saving people on water," Puchkov noted. According to him, the firefighting and rescue units have been equipped with motorcycles, quads and other advanced homemade equipment.
"Crimea has applied most modern new approaches to the prevention of emergency situations and fires as well as to risk management. The crisis management center, which successfully operates in Crimea, has established direct contacts with the Crisis Management Center of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations and receives outer space information necessary for passing timely decisions on preventing and minimizing the consequences of emergency situations," Puchkov concluded.