Security Strategy for Society
The preparedness of different administrative sectors is
harmonised in the Security Strategy for Society. The aim of the
strategy is to secure the functioning of society, to preserve the
independence of Finland as a nation and to promote the safety and
well-being of citizens.
In order to achieve this aim, the security strategy defines the vital functions of society the continuation of which must be guaranteed in all circumstances. It also describes areas for which the different Ministries are responsible and defines who will be responsible for directing activities if a crisis occurs. Possible threat models and threat situations are discussed to facilitate preparedness.
The security strategy for society is a decision in principle of the Government that guides and harmonises the preparedness of administrative sectors and provides information on the principles of preparedness also to other actors. The authorities decide and are responsible for the implementation of the objectives presented in the decision in principle. The strategy is updated every few years, most recently in 2010, when the previous name of the document, Securing the Functions Vital to Society, was changed to its current form.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications ensures that the vital functions of society dependent on communications services, communications networks and other information and communication systems are not endangered due to disturbances in the functioning of information and communication systems.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications ensures the existence of legislation that enables the creation of technological systems to alert population and ensure the provision of the most crucial information in crisis situations at home and abroad.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications ensures the continuity of transport of both Finnish and foreign origin by maintaining the preparedness to react to disturbances in a flexible way and shift to alternative arrangements. This involves measures associated with the directing of resources in exceptional circumstances, ensuring the supply of the necessary transport equipment, protecting transports and ensuring the functionality of logistical chains in transport.
Ministries are responsible for preparedness in exceptional
situations and define the associated responsibilities for
authorities in their administrative sector. Ministries are
responsible for preparedness in relation to all risks and threats
that, in their evaluation, affect their administrative sector.
Exceptional situations that fall within the planning responsibility of the Ministry of Transport and Communications: