Crisis advice booklet available via tax service

A recent official publication that aims to help Latvian residents plan their actions in the case of a major emergency situation is now being made available via the State Revenue Service's online presence.

From July 21, information on the booklet “What to do in case of a crisis” prepared by the Ministry of Defense will be gradually available in the Electronic Revenue System of the State Revenue Service https://eds.vid.gov.lv/ , allowing for wider dissemination of the material. In coming days, residents will also receive notifications about the availability of the booklet to their e-mail address specified in the Electronic Declaration System.

Since 3 June, the 16-page booklet has been available for download from this official website as a 6.4 MB document in PDF format.

It provides an outline of what to do in the frst 72 hours of a crisis and is available in Latvian, English and Russian.

"I believe it is the right time to release this message," said Defense Minister Artis Pabriks at the time of its launch. "I, too, have been forced to drastically change my plans because of the current situation and have thus decided to hand this valuable guidance, ‘How to act in case of crisis’, over to you now. Although we initially planned to release the printed version of guidelines only in autumn, current circumstances and economic context are forcing us to speed up implementation of our plans and ‘act outside the box’. We have decided to release the digital version of guidelines to you. We have decided to share this information because it may be useful to you and your families already now."

"This is a digital leaflet, so please make sure its contents are available to all your relatives, especially senior citizens who do not use digital technologies on day to day basis. In conclusion, I would like to once again urge everyone to be very serious about their personal safety. Follow these guidelines to quickly and easily prepare yourself for any potential emergency and create your personal crisis response plan, as well as basic survival kit. These steps will ensure that you know how to act and face any unforeseen emergency. Follow them to be emotionally prepared and avoid major panic," said Pabriks.

The booklet was developed by the Ministry of Defense in close cooperation with the State Fire and Rescue Service, the Emergency Medical Service, the State Police and the State Border Guard, as well as other cooperation partners and non-governmental organizations.

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