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      Keeping safe in the community




      Safe Communities Portugal has been monitoring the outbreak of Covid-19 since the end of January and has created on its
      website a section to monitor and provide advice from officials and various authorities on the subject.
                                                                 possible”. One step is forming a  and which last week activated  all: “We all have to make many
                                                                 dedicated team of five members  the Districts Emergency Plan.  concessions regardless of the
                                                                 with extensive experience in  Here we are able to provide  subject in hand. It is imperative if
                                                                 crisis management, policing,  input on behalf of the foreign  we want to keep the spread of
                                                                 civil protection and law.    community. We have also      the virus down and especially
                                                                 He added, “we cannot do this  participated in video       the number of deaths, we should
                                                                 alone, as in times such as this,  conferencing meetings,  not be looking for excuses or
                                                                 people need to come together to  including one with the Secretary  ways around the law, because it
                                                                 collaborate and share the    of State for Internal        infringes upon what we do
                                                                 official information and advice  Administration recently.  normally.
                                                                 so all communities have the  Our website “Coronavirus Covid-  “This is a battle and I believe a
                                                                 best information in order to  19” section has become a key  long and protracted one, we all
                                                                 protect themselves. I am very  tool in providing information and  have to learn to live differently for
                                                                 grateful therefore that so many  over the last week alone has  a while, there will be, as with any
                                                                 have done this and I thank the  experienced a ten-fold increase  new laws, misunderstandings
                                                                 many Facebook Admins and     in visits at certain times. This  and different interpretations.
                                                                 associations who are helping”.  provides information and advice  The important thing is to work
                                                                 We are working closely with  such as: our daily up-date pages  together as a community and not
                                                                 several government           for overseas; Portugal and the  be selfish. I’m sure none of us
                                                                 departments and ministries   Algarve; Emergency Legislation;  are enjoying this, but let’s make
                                                                 especially Civil Protection, the  how Portugal protects it’s  the best of it we can”.
                                                                 security forces and health   people; dealing with confirmed  David Thomas concluded
                                                                 authority, the tourists boards,  cases; Frequently Asked  “Given my experience in the
                                                                 including of course the British  Questions and How to obtain  police in Hong Kong during the
                                                                 Embassy, and in particular the  further information. www.  SARS outbreak and monitoring
                                                                 British Vice Consul in Portimão,  safecommunitiesportugal.com/  how other countries are
      SCP is working closely with several government departments and
      SCP is working closely with several government departments and
      SCP is working closely with several government departments and
      SCP is working closely with several government departments and
      SCP is working closely with several government departments and
      ministries including Civil Protection, security forces and health  Clive Jewel. It is a collective  Cornvirus Covid-19  responding to the current
      ministries including Civil Protection, security forces and health
      ministries including Civil Protection, security forces and health
      ministries including Civil Protection, security forces and health
      ministries including Civil Protection, security forces and health
      authority, tourists boards and the British embassy.
      authority, tourists boards and the British embassy.        effort and enables us to reflect  We encourage everyone to use  pandemic, the government in
      authority, tourists boards and the British embassy.
      authority, tourists boards and the British embassy.
      authority, tourists boards and the British embassy.
                                                                 issues to those authorities  this in conjunction with the  Portugal, is doing an amazing
              avid Thomas President  statutory responsibilities in the  concerned.            websites of DGS and GOV.UK   job”. The introduction of the
              of Safe Communities   area of communication, we are  Part of our work involves  In summing up the situation,  State of Emergency was timely
              Portugal said “that as  taking all the steps we can to  attendance at the Faro  Dave Sheldrake, a regular visitor  in order to protect its citizens
      DSCP is an official Civil     ensure that official information  Comissão Distrital de Proteção  to our Facebook page, stated  and we do must do everything
      Protection Volunteer          we become aware of, is       Civil, a statutory body that makes  the following which I feel is the  possible to follow this for our
      Organisation in Portugal, with  disseminated as soon as    key decisions in emergencies,  most appropriate message to us  own and everyone’s safety.
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