The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) is celebrating its two year anniversary after becoming fully operational in April 2012. Since its activation two years ago EMS has provided timely and accurate geospatial information for the management of disasters caused by natural hazards, man-made emergency situations and humanitarian crises. During its first two years EMS was activated 69 times in rush mode and 7 times in non rush mode and provided 810 maps to users and flood warnings via the early warning component of the EMS most notably during the Central European floods in June 2013 that affected Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Copernicus EMS also responds to activation from developing countries around the world in need of assistance in Disaster Management
The Copernicus Emergency Management Service has been activated eight separate times during 2014 alone responding to floods in the UK, France, Slovenia and Croatia. Imaging has also been provided in response to the Crises in Syria and the Central African Republic.
The EMS portal provides users from all over the world with direct and near-real time access to Copernicus products.