Following last week´s water based military exercises, this week the action moves to land, as the Unidad Militar de Emergencias, or UME, the militarised emergency services, conduct an emergency drill across the Vega Baja in preparation for potential flooding.

The primary focus of the activities will be around the Rio Segura river, following its path from land and towards the outlet at Guardamar.

In addition to the UME brigades, fire fighters, the national police, including their dog unit, the civil defence, helicopters, ambulances, and other specialists will all be conducting a variety of exercises in preparation for the potential worst flooding in years, following one of the driest summers and drought.

Between the 22nd and 24th of September, the teams will deal with a variety of scenarios, with 193 personnel and 40 different vehicles taking to their temporary base in the sports centre at Rojales, before being dispatched to deal with whatever the virtual mother nature throws at them, primarily in the areas of Rojales, Guardamar del Segura and Hondon de las Nieves, in order to improve their skills in containment, pumping, navigation and water rescue, diving practices, banks search, search and rescue, collapsed structures, helicopter rescue and more.

In addition, on the 25th of September, Orihuela will be conducting its own preparation exercise, focussing primarily on communication, in the hope that everybody will be prepared to deal with this natural and annually occurring phenomenon.

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