Beata Szydło thanked all services involved in providing assistance in removing the effects of gales. “When it was necessary, they were ready to help people. I would like to thank all volunteer firefighters, state service firefighters, the Police, medical services, rescuers and power engineers. Their work is not over yet, since the damages are still being removed and they will have to work for some more time,” said the Prime Minister.
Removal of damages caused by gales
The Prime Minister stressed that the scale of this event was very large and different from August storms, since at that time more individual buildings were damaged. Now it is the power lines that were the most affected.
The Prime Minister called on local government to take actions aimed at fast submission of applications for benefits to the voivode. She added that “the voivode initiated the entire procedure to help people whose buildings were damaged, the competent services are ready to pay out the benefits.”
Beata Szydło also ensured that no one would be left without help. She expressed her hope that the injured persons would soon recover.
Condolences for families of the victims of storms
Prime Minister Beata Szydło extended her condolences to the families of the victims who lost their lives due to storms that swept through Poland. “We share your pain. We want you to know that you have our support,” stressed the Prime Minister. The gales left two people dead and 39 injured.
In addition, Prime Minister Beata Szydło, along with Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy Elżbieta Rafalska, Minister of the Interior and Administration Mariusz Błaszczak and Chief Commander of the State Fire Service General Leszek Suski, went to a meeting on site with the residents of the Lubuskie Voivodeship affected by the gales.
Summary of the work of the Interministerial Team to assess the functioning of rescue and crisis management system
The Prime Minister announced that the next government meeting would include summing up the review of the system for addressing natural disasters and decisions would be made on potential changes to the system.
Minister Mariusz Błaszczak is the head of the Interministerial Team to assess the functioning of rescue and crisis management system and along with the Ministers of Agriculture and Rural Development, Digitisation, Energy, Infrastructure and Construction was entrusted with the task to review the current crisis management system.