Feb 27, 2024 | International News

Public awareness and understanding of the role played by the emergency number ‘112’ varies significantly across Europe, which has served to highlight a crucial gap in emergency preparedness, according to a recent report from the European Emergency Number Association (EENA).

The EENA report, which was released on 11 February to mark ‘112 Day 2024’ delved into how different European countries can improve in terms of their emergency response, strengths and adherence to mandatory EU legislation.

Every year on 11 February, Europe observes ‘112 Day’ – dedicated to raising awareness about the pan-European emergency number available free of charge, 24/7, across Europe. Only 41% of European citizens know that ‘112’ is the European emergency number, according to the Barometer report on 112.

In recent years, 112 Day has also focused on how well individual countries adhere to EU regulations and the strength of their emergency responses. EENA’s report aims to foster a deeper understanding of the complexities and challenges faced in aligning national emergency systems with EU standards, and how these efforts impact overall public safety.

In a succinct one-page format, the report offers insights into how countries can enhance both the efficiency of their emergency services and the public’s ability to access these essential resources effectively.

The EENA’s report highlights the importance of keeping track of where individual countries are with their emergency communications implementation. During natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or other emergencies, the ability to communicate with the public rapidly and effectively can be the difference between life and death.

Efficient public warning systems enable authorities to quickly disseminate vital information, guide the public to safety, and manage resources more effectively.

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