The U.S. Embassy Zagreb will conduct evacuation exercises with the support of the Government of Croatia and United States Air Force units based at Aviano Air Force Base in Italy on Monday, March 18, 2019. On Sunday morning, March 17, we expect the arrival of two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters and one MC-130J Commando II aircraft from Royal Air Force Mildenhall for the purpose of the exercise. The public should be aware that aircraft will conduct test flights on the perimeter of the City of Zagreb on the afternoon of Sunday, March 17. The exercise itself will take place in multiple locations in and around Zagreb on Monday, March 18, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The public should also be aware that aircraft will make flights around the perimeter of the City of Zagreb between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm on Monday, March 18.
United States embassies and consulates around the world are required to conduct annual crisis management exercises in order to prepare employees for natural or man-made emergencies. Generally, these are accomplished through internal tabletop or small-scale exercises. However, strong bilateral relations and cooperation between the United States and the Government of Croatia create a unique opportunity to conduct joint, large-scale, live-action crisis management exercise in Croatia.
The exercise’s scenario will be based on a hypothetical catastrophic earthquake. As the scenario unfolds, the U.S. Embassy will simulate the evacuation of some of its personnel with the assistance of the U.S. Air Force in order to practice the logistics of the evacuation process. Approximately 50 volunteers from the Embassy community will simulate evacuees.
Press will receive a separate invitation to observe a part of the crisis management exercise that will take place at the Police Academy location in Zagreb on Monday, March 18.
For more information please contact Anja Picelj-Kosak at the U.S. Embassy’s Press Office, phone +385-91-455-2284 or e-mail PiceljA@state.gov