Poland has 62,000 websites that may be thought-about shelters for civilians within the occasion of conflict or different emergencies, the inside ministry has revealed. The websites can accommodate round 1.3 million individuals, simply over 3% of the inhabitants.
Whereas the state of affairs varies throughout the nation, one in all Poland’s 16 provinces, Wielkopolska within the west, doesn’t have a single such shelter.
Nevertheless, the authorities have struck a reassuring word, noting that many underground buildings, akin to automotive parks and basements, have been inbuilt such a means that they are often thought-about match to function shelters if required.
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The newest info on the state of civil defence in Poland was introduced yesterday to a parliamentary subcommittee on disaster administration. It comes as Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine – in addition to current tensions across the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad that borders Poland – have raised issues amongst Polish residents.
Earlier this week, it was reported that residents of the Suwałki Hole – an space alongside the Polish-Lithuanian border mendacity between Kaliningrad and Belarus – had appealed for the Polish authorities to create emergency shelters in case the Kremlin decides to launch navy motion.
On Thursday, deputy inside minister Maciej Wąsik and fireplace service head Andrzej Bartkowiak, who can be the chief of nationwide civil defence, answered MPs’ questions on Poland’s preparedness to defend civilians within the occasion of conflict amid ongoing Russian aggression in opposition to Ukraine.
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“We’ve superb constructing laws by way of fireplace security, among the many strictest on the planet,” stated Bartkowiak. “All underground garages or cellars in strengthened concrete buildings, which is what we’ve got primarily been constructing for 50 years, are so good that they will safely be thought-about as shelters, though they aren’t actual shelters”.
There isn’t a definition of a shelter in Polish development regulation and there are not any clear tips on the matter, however the inside ministry stated it plans to formulate a correct shelter definition and embrace it in a deliberate new Civil Safety Act.
The ministry has additionally introduced that, in cooperation with native authorities, it can make a list of locations that would function shelters in case of emergencies. The survey may even cowl Chilly Warfare-era shelters that was arrange, as an illustration, by faculties and hospitals.
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Alicja Ptak is senior editor at Notes from Poland and a multimedia journalist. She beforehand labored for Reuters.