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The coordinating role of the National Crisis Center

In recent days, the situation in Ukraine has dominated the news. The impact is also visible in Belgium due to the influx of people on the run. The National Crisis Center (NCCN) supports various partners in the crisis management.

Emergency shelter and registration

The National Crisis Center supports the organisation of emergency shelter and registration in Brussels. Among other things, the needs and requirements of people on the run and of the reception and registration centres are identified. For example, there are a number of conditions that the centres must meet. Buildings that can serve as emergency shelters are first visited by the NCCN and its partners to ensure that the conditions are met.

In addition, the NCCN has set up a working group called Capacity Building. This working group includes the Red Cross, the Immigration Office, Civil Protection, Fedasil, the fire department, and the NCCN itself. They are joining forces to make the registration centre in Brussels operational.

Local authorities

Local authorities play an important role in accommodating people on the run. In order to provide clarity and keep everything on track, the NCCN has taken a number of actions:

  • the development of a database and tool for crisis accommodation. This way, local authorities, Fedasil and the National Crisis Center have an overview of the places offered.
  • the creation of an overview of the different steps in the reception and registration process. The overview explains step by step how Ukrainians arrive in Belgium, are registered, are distributed across the various municipalities and welcomed at the local places for crisis accommodation. 

Partners & Governors

In addition, the NCCN also coordinates communication and information to the public. To streamline this communication, an information group is convened on a regular basis. This is where different partners come together to coordinate every aspect of the communication. This smooth cooperation made it possible, for example, to develop the info-ukraine.be website in a short period of time.

For the crisis management, the NCCN also organises regular consultations with its partners and with the Governors. Among other things, the organisation of emergency shelter and crisis accommodation is discussed here.

For the nuclear risk, the National Crisis Center carries out a continuous analysis of the risks and organises a monitoring group for this purpose. This group of partners provide each other with a state of affairs on a regular basis.

Permanent monitoring

Finally, the permanent service of the NCCN continuously monitors, collects and analyses information. This allows the NCCN to quickly determine what precautionary and protective measures are needed. Three times a day, the service produces a situation report, which is distributed to various partners.