Croatian Scouts Rush to help their communities following a devastating earthquake
Only 9 months after a powerful earthquake hit the Croatian capital Zagreb, another more devastating earthquake struck central Croatia in the last days of 2020. With a magnitude of 6.2 by Richter scale, many villages and cities in central Croatia have been partly or totally destroyed.
As all the emergency services rushed to help the people in need, Croatian Scouts were among the first to reach the struck areas. They have set up rescue camps and temporary shelters to host evacuated people and field volunteers.
In emergency situations, the Croatian Scouts operate under the Civil Protection Directorate. Their ongoing relief work involves logistics and camp management and other relief services. They also assist other emergency departments in food distribution.
Scouts with other specific technical qualifications, help in search and rescue operations, mountain rescue operations using drones etc.
“Our Scout volunteers operate in very harsh conditions in rain and freezing temperatures. Cold, wet and muddy working conditions are an unfortunate normality to them. Yet, it is a race against time to provide all the people with food, shelter and other needed aid.” Said Dan Spicer, Chief Executive Officer of the Croatian Scouts.
Scouts from Zagreb, Rijeka and Split regions have formed Scout auxiliary teams as part of the civil protection agencies. They have been operating in the earthquake-struck areas from day one. Other Scouts and units from other cities and regions are collecting aid, building materials and organizing the distribution to the people in need.
“In days to come, many other Scout volunteers will join the efforts to help the people in struck areas as thousands of homes will need to be rebuilt.” Said Dan.
“As this severe situation caused massive damage and loss of human life, it also united Croatia in providing help to the people in need. We are very proud for all our Scout volunteers to be among the first to come to the rescue of their communities. The Scout scarf has become a symbol of helping and serving the community and all of us wear it with pride. “He added.
The Scout and Guide Association of Croatia will continue with its efforts to mobilize Scout volunteers from all over Croatia as the period of rebuilding and recovery will certainly last for months.
This article has been authored by the Croatian Scouts and edited by Scouting in Europe