Civil protection planning and actions for managing hazards due to snowfall and frost

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Snowfall and frost are phenomena which when occurring in strong intensity can be classified as natural disasters that can endanger life and property of people and seriously impact adversely the economy and infrastructure of the country. Occurrence of these phenomena can last from a few hours to several days. The serious consequences and problems that snowstorm and frost have resulted in the life of the urban and rural population during the last couple of years in Greece, led the Civil Protection Secretariat, which is the primary responsible for addressing these situations, to revisit in 20101 the planning and actions of the different parties involved in emergency situations in order to ensure a better coordination and response of those parties.