In cases of emergency the Crisis Unit submits plans for the interventions deemed necessary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Secretary General, supplying an initial analysis and assessment of the crisis underway, emergency plans and the incoming information. Illustrative charts and maps are continuously prepared and updated by a graphics team.
When possible the Crisis Unit acts directly with the means at its disposal: performing diagnoses by means of a mobile tele-medical unit, arranging for the repatriation of persons danger of death from illness, and coordinating diplomatic-consular missions at the initial stages of an emergency.
Some situations are particularly complex and in these cases the Crisis Unit avails itself of the aid of other ministries equipped with the appropriate means and qualified professionals.
For example, the Crisis Unit collaborates with the armed forces in cases of evacuation, with the Civil Defence Department in cases of natural catastrophe, the Ministry of Health and the Air Force in assisting and repatriating Italian nationals in conditions of compromised security or isolation or life-threatening health conditions.