Safe Communities Portugal (SCP) has been monitoring the outbreak of Covid-19 since the end of January and has created on its website a section to provide advice from officials and various authorities on the subject.
“As SCP is an official Civil Protection Volunteer Organisation in Portugal, with statutory responsibilities in the area of communication, we are taking all the steps we can to ensure that official information we become aware of is disseminated as soon as possible,” David Thomas, president of SCP.
“Given my experience in the police in Hong Kong during the SARS outbreak and monitoring how other countries are responding to the current pandemic, the government in Portugal is doing an amazing job. The introduction of the State of Emergency was timely in order to protect its citizens and we must do everything possible to follow this for our own and everyone’s safety.”
David Thomas says people need to collaborate and share the official information and advice, so all communities have the best information in order to protect themselves.
SCP is working closely with several government departments and ministries, especially civil protection, the security forces, health authority, the tourist boards and the British Embassy, in particular the British Vice Consul in Portimão, Clive Jewell.
“Part of our work involves attendance at the Faro Comissão Distrital de Proteção Civil, a statutory body that makes key decisions in emergencies, and which last week activated the District’s Emergency Plan.
Here we are able to provide input on behalf of the foreign community. We have also participated in video conferencing meetings, including one with the Secretary of State for Internal Administration recently,” he said.
The “Coronavirus Covid-19” section of the SCP website (www.safecommunitiesportugal.com) provides daily updates; emergency legislation; how Portugal deals with confirmed cases; frequently asked questions; and how to obtain further information.