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A family is evacuated by boat in the flooded town of Obrenovac, 40 kms west of Belgrade, May 16, 2014. Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Although South Eastern Europe is prone to disasters that transcend borders and overwhelm the capacity of a single country to cope, preparedness and prevention capacity varies considerably from country to country. Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative (DPPI) – a largely independent, effective, consultative and coordinating mechanism – fosters co-operation across borders in order to ensure the safety of people and the environment. OCHA’s Emergency Service Branch participated in the 31st DPPI meeting, which took place in Sarajevo on 1 and 2 November, to present the UNDAC methodology training package and to strengthen the network with Eastern Europe Civil Protection.