Álava updates its Emergency Plan to adapt it to the new challenges

The Álava Provincial Council has completed the update of the Emergency Plan for the Historical Territory of Álava (PETHA), the document that defines the organization, the necessary means and the form of coordination with other institutions in situations of serious incident, catastrophe, or calamity public.

Due to the legislative changes produced since the first PETHA was approved in 2010, as well as the new vulnerabilities detected in the field of emergencies, it is necessary to adopt a new plan, so that it is harmonized with the new regulation of the Plan of Euskadi Civil Protection (LABI) and the aforementioned vulnerabilities and potential catastrophic risks within Álava are collected, as well as the way to manage them with the means available for this purpose.

This modification also responds to the need to ensure the integration of the different civil protection plans of different scopes, in a fully operational set capable of rapid integration into the LABI.

In recent years, the Álava Provincial Council has carried out an in-depth analysis of possible new threats that could affect groups of people, as well as different types of goods. For this analysis, existing historical information in archives, territorial plans of the Basque Country, predictions, and other types of data of interest have been used, as well as that prepared by the Basque Government and available on the GeoEuskadi portal and that prepared by the Provincial Council of Álava and available on GeoAraba.

Thus, the new structuring will attend to natural risks, such as ground movements, floods, climatic, seismic and volcanic alterations or forest fires. Technological risks are also included, such as chemical handling, industrial and transport-related activity, radiological and industrial contamination, or infrastructure failure that can cause flooding.

human risks

The plan also addresses anthropic risks associated with traffic and public transport, fires, large concentrations of people, epidemics, accidents and disappearances or the lack of basic services. At the same time, risk maps have been drawn up, based on the previous classification, thus defining types of risk and being able to mark these on the ground, which has made it possible to cross-reference data in order to be able to establish specific actions. This detailed study of risks, as well as the elaboration of maps of each one in digital cartography, has made possible a detailed study of the territory, crossing data (risks, settlement, activities, etc.), which allows having a panoramic vision of the risks, in order to define a future work plan on planning, public disclosure or response improvement.


Thanks to the risk study, it has been possible to enrich the section of measures to be executed. In this section, actions have been included such as possible urban planning (support in ordinances, web access to remote places, work accessibility to population centers, revision of hydrants, procedures for historic centers), as well as a Prevention Plan and public disclosure, in matters of emergencies. and self protection. In the latter, actions such as information and training for the elderly, teachers, schoolchildren, companies…

But the new plan does not stop there. A new Management and Coordination structure for emergencies has been developed, in accordance with reality, in which actors such as the Autonomous Fire Department have been integrated, as well as the Operational Coordination Center (CECO). The CECO must serve as a permanent information center, as well as a receiving and issuing center for alarms and alerts, managing all the necessary information systems and databases.


In the exercise of the functions attributed to it, the Operational Coordination Center will alert or activate, as appropriate, all the resources that, deemed necessary, belong to the Provincial Council of Álava, or through conventions and/or agreements, may participate jointly in support within Álava.

To the extent that an incident can evolve unfavorably, the increase in the demand for needs also does so, making it necessary to articulate a plan application system based on the above. To organize the action groups, the necessary internal procedures of each service, the work procedures of each group, or the interaction protocols between services, as well as the conventions or agreements with the participating organizations and entities, will be established.

Álava updates its Emergency Plan to adapt it to the new challenges