About us

The Consortium

The V-IOLA project consortium is lead by the Italian Civil Protection Department and is constituted by several entities involved in different phases of Civil Protection and Humanitarian aid activities.

The partnership counts of 3 Civil Protection authorities (Italy, Montenegro, Serbia), 1 Civil Protection scientific organization, 5 Volunteering Organizations, 1 NGO, 3 Red Cross societies and 1 on line volunteering organization as associate.

Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri - Dipartimento della Protezione Civile

The DPC has been under the Presidency of the Council of Ministers since 1982 and it is the operative arm of the Prime Minister’s Office. It has a guiding role, in agreement with regional and local authorities, in projects and activities for the prevention, forecast and monitoring of risks and intervention procedures that are common to the whole system.

The DPC coordinates the response to natural disasters, calamities or other events – events of C type – that for intensity and extent, need to be dealt with extraordinary powers and means.

It is also the pivot of the national Civil Protection Service: a complex system which includes all the local and central resources necessary for managing a calamity, where the civil society represents an active part particularly through the volunteerism.

The DPC coordinates around 4.000 volunteer associations in the whole country and, in case of a national emergency, it can activate about 1 million skilled volunteers.

Associazione Nazionale Pubbliche Assistenze

ANPAS, Italian association that provided assistance to the general public, began to form in 1860 when volunteers started to show solidarity for those in need and began soon in regional organizations to act all over Italy in the areas of rescue, disaster relief, assistance to disadvantaged and public health.

Because of the need for coordination at the national level, the pubbliche assistenze joined together in 1904 in Spoleto, Italy, creating the Federazione Nazionale delle Societ‡ di Pubblica Assistenza e Pubblico Soccorso. In 1989, the Federazione nazionale took on its present name and became the Associazione Nazionale Pubbliche Assistenze (ANPAS).

Today ANPAS is one of the largest volunteering associations in Italy and an independent and unified national organization, founded on democratic and constitutional principles.

Its main objectives are the creation of a solidarity-oriented fair society, protection, support, promotion and coordination of organized volunteering at home and abroad, protection of civil rights and the rights of the child and the promotion humanitarian aid.

Its activities range from emergency medical care, ambulance services and social programmes on health care. As one of the major state-recognized civil defence organizations ANPAS is also active in civil protection with a long-term experience in emergencies, particularly earthquakes, floods, and Tsunami.

Centre for Disaster Risk Reduction and Envirnomental Protection

Formed in 2016, we are a group of 58 volunteers (and counting) striving to cover the entire disaster risk reduction cycle and promote environmental protection in the Republic of Serbia. We hope to achieve our goals is:

1. Education creating awareness;

2. Preparedness (both by communities & the center by having the right people and equipment);

3. Response to recovery (trained and certified volunteers ready to respond);

We are a young and eager to get involved in as many projects as possible to help reduce the cost and damage disasters do in Serbia.

Centro Internazionale in Monitoraggio Ambientale - Fondazione CIMA

CIMA Research Foundation is a non-profit research organization committed to promote the study, scientific research, technological development and higher education in engineering and environmental sciences, within the fields of civil protection, public health and aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems conservation.

CIMA Research Foundation is part of the Italian National Civil Protection System Network of Excellence within the fields of floods and forest fires, with special focus on early warning systems. Its founding institutions are the National Civil Protection Department of Italy, the University of Genova, the Government of the Region of Liguria, and the Administration of the Province of Savona.

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Fondazione Corpo Italiano di Soccorso dell'Ordine di Malta

The volunteers of CISOM – Italian Relief Corps of the Order of Malta, have demonstrated the operative activities of the Order of Malta in emergency situations for the past 45 years. More than 5,000 women and men who contribute towards civil protection and relief services for those in need, in Italy and abroad. Various groups are present throughout all of Italy’s regions.

The founding principles of the Order of Malta give an added value of absolute importance to the work of the volunteers, which is expressed with particular attention when working with the underprivileged and the suffering, by assisting people in difficulty because of everyday obstacles in life or by offering support and help in general to those in most need.

Thanks to the contribution of these volunteers, the work of the Order of Malta in Italy is more alive than ever before  and  in the same spirit of the historical first occupation of the knights who helped pilgrims and travelers 900 years ago, with a strong belief that to help others is and will remain a mission of primary importance.

Ministry of Interior - Directorate for Emergency Management Montenegro

National emergency/disaster management authority: The Directorate for Emergency Management, the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro.

The main tasks of the Directorate for Emergency Management are to:

  • coordinate the work of the protection and rescue system participants when it comes to organization, planning, preparation and implementation of measures and activities aimed at reducing the risk of disasters;
  • monitor and analyse the situation in the field of protection and rescue;
  • train and develop the civil protection units, special and voluntary units, as well as supervise the work and equipment of operational protection and rescue units;
  • inform and alert the citizens in case of accidents, natural disasters, technical-technological and other disasters;
  • constantly collect, process and transmit the data related to the situation in the affected areas through the Operational Communication Centre 112;
  • organize the removal, deactivation and destruction of unexploded ordnance;
  • seek assistance from other states and international bodies and organizations in case of accidents, natural and other disasters;
  • report to the neighbouring countries and international organizations on the dangers with a possible cross-border effect;
  • cooperate with the relevant authorities of other states and international organizations and institutions, etc.


The work of the Directorate for Emergency Management is organised in six sections in its seat and seven territorial units:

  • Section for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid
  • Section for Preventive Affairs
    • Department for Risk Management
    • Department for Dangerous Goods Management
  • Section for Operational Affairs
    • Department for Training and Operational Activities
    • Department for Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)
  • Section 112 – Operational-Communication Centre 112 (OCC 112)
  • Section for Inspection Supervision
  • Section of Air and Helicopter Unit
  • Territorial Units (Podgorica, Bar, Herceg Novi, Bijelo Polje, Berane, Pljevlja and Niksic)

FORS Montenegro - Foundation for the Development of Northern Montenegro

Johannita Segítő Szolgálat

Johannita Segítő Szolgálat (JSSz) carries out its mission in 11 divisions within Hungary. The outreach humanitarian projects of JSSZ are coordinated in 6 regional offices in Serbia, Ukraine, Slovakia and Romania. During its 29-year-existence JSSZ has been active in humanitarian aid, social services, crisis intervention and civil protection, emergency rescue and patient transport services, first aid and youth work.

JSSz is also running is its own youth work started in 2004 with members age 13-25. JSSZ also offers camps for underprivileged children and youth coming from all over the Carpathian Basin. JSSz is also active in the Carpathian Basin with humanitarian aid transports and programmes, nowadays especially in Ukraine, Romania and Serbia.

JSSZ has been engaged in teaching first aid since 2006 and has developed successful first aid programmes for university and secondary school students reaching a number of 1000 youngsters every year. In 2013 these programmes gained the recognition of the National Institute for Health Development in Hungary. JSSZ has special programmes tailored for kindergartens. JSSz with its ongoing project and others in the past always aim target groups with special needs.

JSSz has different programmes and services involving senior citizens, disabled people, people living with multiple sclerosis, etc. The mission of JSSz is to find these groups and individuals, map their needs and address them with programmes tailored to their needs. JSSz is also involved in a German EMT1 module and in EURACARE Flight&Shelter an air evacuation capacity of the EUCP Mechanism, while this year it’s become involved in the development of a European EMT3 module.

Societatea Nationala de Cruce Rosie din Romania

The Romanian Red Cross assists vulnerable people in disaster and crisis situations. Through its programs and activities in the benefit of society, helps to prevent and relieve suffering in all its forms, protect health and lives promotes respect for human dignity without any discrimination based on nationality, race, sex, religion, age, social or political affiliation.

With more than 50.000 volunteers, RRC is developing in countries and overseas activities, mainly related to: disaster risk reduction, preparedness and response, First Aid, health education, social services, family tracing, dissemination of International Humanitarian Law rights.

  • 97 teams of intervention in caseof disasters in all 47 branches in counties and districts of Bucharest, with a total of 1082 volunteers trained by certified trainers;
  • 47 branches;
  • A central warehouse in Bucharest;
  • Six regional warehouses
  • Tents, clothing, footwear, sleeping bags, linens, blankets to cover the needs in disasters.

Associazione della Croce Rossa Italiana

The Italian Red Cross (Associazione della Croce Rossa Italiana) establishment dates back to 15 June 1864.

The Italian Red Cross has been carrying out its mandate and activities in the humanitarian field within the framework of the International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, of which it is a member.

It is based on the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocols and always operates according to the Fundamental Principles of the International Movement of RC/RC:

  • Humanity
  • Impartiality
  • Neutrality
  • Independence
  • Volunteerism
  • Unity
  • Universality

Over the last few years, following the decisions contained in the Legislative Decree n. 178/2012, issued by the Italian Parliament, the Italian Red Cross went through a procedure leading to a change of its legal status, from a public law body to a private entity, starting from the 1st January 2016.

The mentioned changes in the legal status are certified by the official document establishing the ìAssociazione della Croce Rossa Italianaî (Atto Costitutivo) and the new Statute.

The Italian Red Cross can count on the work of about 150.000 Volunteers who are involved in implementing activities to achieve the Italian Red Cross 2020 Strategic Objectives, which are:

1) Safeguarding and protection of Health and life (first aid activities, blood donation, health education and Healthy lifestyle promotion, emergency services);

2) Promotion of personal development and social inclusion (activities aiming at supporting and promoting the inclusion of marginalized people, such as homeless persons, poor persons, migrant persons, elderly, disabled persons,etc.; social support in hospitals, including clown therapy and psychosocial support);

3) Disaster risk reduction (disaster preparedness and response, at national and international level; resilience promotion; psychological support activities in time of crisis; health assistance at major events; mitigation and resilience to climatic changes, etc.);

4) Dissemination of International Humanitarian Law and RC/RC Principles&Value (including international cooperation activities with other RC/RC National Societies and promotion of International Disaster Response Laws);

5) Promotion of Youth action (peer education to promote active citizenship, healthy lifestyle and a culture of non-violence and peace; prevention from addictions; road safety; raising awareness campaigns on climate change and intercultural dialogue, international cooperation and youth exchanges, etc.);

6) Organizational Capacity building (organizational development, fundraising, volunteer management,networking advocacy, projectsí monitoring, planning and evaluation, management of human resource.

Magyar Máltai Szeretetszolgálat Egyesulet

MALTAI has had an active role in humanitarian aid since its foundation in 1989 and it has recently provided assistance to flood victims in a number of areas and projects:

  • Felsozsolca, 7.200 residents flooded, providing support in the damage restoration process in the field (2010);
  • Devecser and Kolont·r, toxic red mud (2010);
  • Danube floods, assisting people working on the defences (2013);
  • Serbia and Bosnia, dehumidifying buildings affected by flood (2014);
  • Slovenia, dehumidification training to local fire brigades and civil protection specialists (2014).

Our specially designed aid programmes include delivering and distributing humanitarian aid transports, dehumidifying the flood affected buildings employing special equipment, providing psychosocial support and assistance, in case of evacuated population setting up and managing shelters, and replacing damaged household items and personal property.

The MALTAI works with an extensive network of volunteers.

Ministarstvo Unutrasnjih Poslova Republike Srbje

Sector for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior (SEM) is Serbian national authority responsible for disaster management and disaster risk reduction.

Its mission is to build, maintain and improve the ability of the whole nation to reduce risks, respond to and mitigate the consequences of various disasters that may hit the country and the region.

SEM performs legislative, administrative, organizational and technical, preventive, educational, informative and other activities for protection of life, health and property of citizens, the environment, cultural and historical heritage; its operational structures (fire and rescue units, specialised emergency units, civil protection units) respond in case of natural and man-made disasters and provide assistance in eliminating consequences of emergency situations and disasters (mitigation and rehabilitation).

SEM prepares and proposes legal acts that meet the requirements of the European Union in the field of protection and rescue in emergencies and DRR.

In summary, SEM has a broad spectrum of responsibilities and roles ranging from high end legislative to low end operational and technical with its 27 regional emergency management branches, cooperating closely with the local communities.

SEM provides expert, technical and operational support to the National Platform for DRR (National Emergency Management Headquarters), a state mechanism run by the Serbian Government in case of emergencies acting as a coordination tool for preventive activities and harmonized response and relief, mitigation and reconstruction activities in case of emergency.

Other 27 SEM’s branches provide expert and technical support to their respective local communities and Local Emergency Management Headquarters in their first response in emergencies.
The biggest operation of the SEM was in May 2014 when the worst ever floods followed by landslides hit the country – 1.6 million people affected, 51 casualties, 32,000 people evacuated from their homes, total damage estimated EUR 1.7 billion (more than 4% GDP).

SEM coordinated the largest international assistance for Serbia – assistance provided by 14 countries, 22 teams with 563 members, together with EUCP team and UN team.

Wikimedia Italia Associazione per la diffusione della conoscenza libera

Wikimedia is a global movement whose mission is to bring free educational content to the world.

Through various projects, chapters, and the support structure of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia strives to bring about a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.

Red Cross Montenegro

Red Cross of Montenegro is an independent and voluntary humanitarian organization that acts in accordance with Fundamental principles and mission of the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies.

Red Cross of Montenegro, founded in 1875, on November 29, was functioning as the independent National Society until 1918. The status of independent National Society was renewed after almost 9 decades, in 2007, when the Red Cross regained its full international status within the International Red Cross/ Red Crescent Movement.

Law on the Red Cross of Montenegro (Official Gazette no. 28/06) defines the position of the Red Cross, its functioning, scope of work, emblem and Fundamental principles, affairs of public interest, funding, responsibilities in case of mass disasters, etc.

One of the specific responsibilities of the Red Cross that come from the governmental responsibilities and ratification of Geneva conventions is to implement the mission of the International Movement, as well as the International Humanitarian Law, to monitor its implementation in the conflicts, and to protect all the victims and respect human rights.

In conducting affairs of public interest, according to the Red Cross Law, Red Cross of Montenegro has legally defined role of the organization that provides assistance to the state in in the humanitarian area. Red Cross of Montenegro is a unique organization that functions at the territory of Montenegro and it consists of 19 local Red Cross branches, Red Cross of the capital of Podgorica, Red Cross of the Old Royal Capital of Cetinje and city Red Cross branches Tuzi and Golubovci.

The use of Red Cross emblem is defined by the Law on the use and protection of Red Cross emblem. Red Cross of Montenegro is functioning according to the Fundamental principles of the Movement: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

Red Cross of Montenegro has a long experience of working in the following areas: Disaster preparedness and response, Voluntary blood donation, Social support (support to Roma and other vulnerable groups), Home care (elderly people care), First aid, work with youth and volunteers, International Humanitarian Law, Anti-trafficking, HIV/AIDS prevention, Tracing service, Climate change adaptation, Water rescue, Rescue on ski slopes…