The Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) is the heart of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and coordinates the
delivery of assistance to disaster stricken countries, such as relief items, expertise, civil protection teams and specialised
equipment. The Centre ensures the rapid deployment of emergency support and acts as a coordination hub between all EU
Member States and the 6 additional Participating States, the affected country, and civil protection and humanitarian
experts. The Centre operates 24/7 and can help any country inside or outside the EU affected by a major disaster upon
request from the national authorities or a UN body.