Finland sends experts to Dominica to assist in relief and recovery after Hurricane Maria

Ministry of the Interior 29.9.2017 14.48 | Published in English on 2.10.2017 at 11.27
Press release 103/2017

Press release from the Ministry of the Interior and the Crisis Management Centre

The Ministry of the Interior has sent a Technical Assistance and Support Team (TAST) of three experts to the Commonwealth of Dominica through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to assist in the relief and recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria. The Crisis Management Centre (CMC Finland) assembled the team and is in charge of logistics. The operation is planned to last three weeks. The experts left for Dominica on Saturday, 30 September.

Finland’s Technical Assistance and Support Team (TAST) will be working in a camp established in Dominica to support the EU Civil Protection Team coordinating the EU aid efforts. The team will build and maintain information technology systems and camp facilitates to help relief workers in Dominica.

Finland may provide international rescue service assistance upon the request of another country, the EU, the UN or NATO. Finland has registered its TAST for the European Emergency Response Capacity, which means the team is always on standby.


Taito Vainio, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of the Interior, tel. +358 295 488 423,
Jukka Räsänen, Planning Officer, Crisis Management Centre, tel. +358 50 448 7955