The exercise, “A Terra Treme” (www.aterratreme.pt), is organised every year by the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC), in collaboration with various public and private entities, and aims to help the population to know how to act in the event of an earthquake.
With this initiative, ANEPC intends to inform the population about what they should do before, during and after an earthquake, especially what preventive measures and self-protection behaviours to adopt.
According to ANEPC, the exercise comprises performing “three simple gestures that can make a difference to those who practice them in the event of an earthquake”.
Civil Protection also mentions that the action takes place for one minute, in which the participants, individually or collectively (families, schools, companies, public, private or associative institutions), are invited to perform the three self-protection gestures: drop, cover and hold on.
Across the country, the Regional Emergency and Civil Protection Commands (CREPC) and the District Relief Operations Commands (CDOS) of ANEPC will, in partnership with local educational communities, fire departments, municipal civil protection services and the other civil protection agents, promote awareness-raising actions on the topic of seismic risk and self-protection measures.