As part of an EU-funded project for local self-government and economic development in Bosnia, a workshop was held in a local chamber of commerce in Sarajevo for small and medium-sized enterprises. A manual on risk prevention and protection of small businesses from floods was presented at the workshop.
The manual describes prevention, response and recovery measures. It contains instructions on the most important steps a business can do to protect employees, facilities, equipment, materials, goods and documentation in case of a flood. The key recommended protection measures are evacuation plans in companies, distribution of protective equipment to able-bodied individuals, division of employees into teams and the establishment of a contact point with the local civil protection service.
The workshop was organized as part of the EU ProLocal program in order to keep a positive trend of economic recovery in Bosnia from the consequences of the 2014 floods.
Between 13 and 18 May 2014, a low-pressure cyclone affected a large area of Southeastern and Central Europe, causing floods and landslides. Serbia and Bosnia suffered the greatest damage, as the rain was the heaviest in 120 years of recorded weather measurements. At least 62 people had died as a result of the flooding, and hundreds of thousands had been forced from their homes.