DISASTER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Disaster management system is one of the three pillars of the RS national-security system that also encompasses
protection, rescue and relief activities. The aim of the system is to reduce the number of disasters and to
forestall or reduce the number of casualties and other consequences of such disasters. Due to the geographical
characteristics of Slovenia, natural disasters, especially floods, summer storms, fires and earthquakes, are
common phenomena. The danger of environmental disasters is increasing due to urbanization and industrialization;
however contemporary threats of terrorism and the occurrence of various contagious diseases also contribute a
significant part. The annual tax that Slovenia pays due to natural and other disasters on average amounts to more
than 2 % GDP.
The fundamental tasks of the disaster management system, including the protection of people, animals, property,
cultural heritage and environment, are the following: prevention, alertness, protection against risks, rescue
and relief operations during disasters, provision of basic living conditions after disasters and reconstruction
measures. The system includes the whole range of activities carried out on the national and local levels. On the
national level, prevention and reconstruction measures are carried out by competent ministries in their respective
sectors, while the activities are coordinated by the government.
Within its scope, the ARSCPDR is responsible for risk assessments for the territory of Slovenia as well as
national civil emergency plans. The administration participates in national spatial planning, gives opinions and
approvals to planning documentation and local community spatial plans. It accomplishes tasks in the field of
protection against fire, drowning, explosive ordnance disposal and avalanches. In addition, it coordinates the
work of regional disaster damage assessment committees.
The ARSCPDR's key task is to monitor, notify and alert in the event of a disaster. The operation of protection,
rescue and relief forces is supported by a uniform and autonomous communication and information system for
protection and relief, which is interoperable with related national and international systems, especially with
the EU Common Emergency Communication and Information System (CECIS). The Notification centre of the Republic of
Slovenia and the 13 regional notification centres operate 24 hours a day. The key tasks of the regional centres
are the response to 112 emergency calls and the provision of dispatch services for all rescue services.
Operational readiness of the protection, rescue and relief forces is of fundamental importance for the system
to adequately respond to disaster. ARSCPDR is responsible for organisation and equipping of national civil
protection units and services, provision of guidelines for the development and readiness of all public rescue
services within national jurisdiction and co-funding of fire-fighting units that are of great importance for
society and other organizations and societies. The national Logistic Centre creates and maintains the national
reserves of material assets for protection, rescue and relief purposes.
Furthermore, ARSCPDR is responsible for coordination and implementation of international protection and relief
activities of the Republic of Slovenia with neighbouring and other countries as well as within regional
initiatives and international organizations (NATO, UNO) and the European Union. The ARSCPDR also coordinates
rescue and, in part, humanitarian assistance on behalf of the Republic of Slovenia in the event of major disasters
Within its scope of activity, ARSCPDR prepares and harmonizes regulations and other regulatory acts as well as
resolves other legal matters. It implements research and development projects of protection against natural and
other disasters. It manages and performs professional tasks for the Fire-Tax Committee and the State Committee for
the Assessment of the Damaged Buildings Performance and prepares a program for the integration of unemployed persons
to assist in the event of natural and other disasters. In addition, the ARSCPDR takes part in groups concerning
inter-ministerial statistics, humanitarian law and water regulation as well as the preparation of databases on spatial
planning and the establishment of a geo-information system.