Lithuania is not properly prepared for for extreme situations, the National Audit Office said after inspecting government institutions in charge of civil protection and response in emergencies.

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The country does not have enough shelters, warning sirens are not intact and civil protection drills are not organized, while government institutions' attitudes towards preparing for extreme situations are "prevailingly formalistic".

In 2010, the government of Lithuania decided that state institutions responsible for responding to emergency situations must have shelters, but more than two thirds of the institutions have none, said the State Audit Office.

Auditors also noted that the main shelter intended for the operations of the State Extreme Situations Centre was yet to be completed, and the backup shelter fell short of some of the main requirements.

According to the report, over a third of state institutions have not organized a civil protection drill on the institutional level for three consecutive years, more than a third also failed to conduct civil protection training.

"Consequently, a large share of state institutions have not checked their level of preparations to respond to actual threats, and their staff have not been provided even the minimum know-how on how they should behave in case of danger," the State Audit Office found.

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