Will close shelters – now the government asks Norwegians to protect...

TV 2 has previously reported that Norway is not able to protect the entire population in an emergency.

During the Cold War, shelters scattered throughout the country were supposed to ensure the safety of the civilian population, but for many years Norway has not been prepared to prepare, staff or operate them.

– To be wound up

Instead of upgrading the shelters, the government will abolish the current scheme, the Ministry of Justice and Emergency Management writes in the social security report:

“According to the government’s assessment, the current shelter solution is outdated.”

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– The government has decided that the shelter scheme in its current form will be phased out when a new scheme for safe accommodation for the population has been established by evacuation in the entire crisis spectrum, says senior communications adviser Andreas Bondevik in the Ministry of Justice and Emergency Management to TV 2.

According to the government, Norway’s population will not be able to seek cover in a refuge during war and major crises.

Many of the rooms are located incorrectly with regard to where the population actually resides today, according to the Ministry of Justice and Emergency Management.

– Today’s civil protection measures were established as a result of experiences during World War II and developments during the Cold War. The measures are typically geared towards the threats and types of weapons of the time. The current security policy situation and changed risk and vulnerability picture means that we must change priorities related to the shelters, says Andreas Bondevik to TV 2.

The case was first discussed by the Armed Forces Forum.

Increased military activity

Today’s threat picture is an increased military activity in Norway’s immediate areas. The nuclear threat against Norway is back, and the warning time is zero.

According to the Norwegian authorities, Russia is capable of carrying out attacks from great distances, and has a military capacity to hit targets in all parts of Norwegian territory, including nuclear weapons.

Army Chief of Staff Lars Lervik described the security policy development as disturbing, when he recently told about President Vladimir Putin’s plans for the use of Russian nuclear weapons.

Concerned about Russian nuclear threat

– If the Russian state is subjected to a conventional attack, they will be able to respond with the help of nuclear weapons. This means that nuclear weapons are part of the threat picture we must deal with, also here in Norway, Major General Lervik told TV 2.

Poor maintenance

In 2016, a devastating report stated that if Norway is attacked, there is almost no preparedness for the civilian population. A number of shelters are used on a daily basis for other purposes, such as warehouses, deck hotels and office premises by voluntary organizations, sports clubs and others.

For more than 20 years, there has been a temporary halt in the construction of new shelters pending a new concept of protection, the Storting report states “Social security in an insecure world”.

– This is still current practice, which has meant that the coverage rate of shelters is constantly reduced as a result of population growth and deletion of poorly maintained rooms, writes the Ministry of Justice and Emergency Preparedness.

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The Geneva Convention stipulates that the authorities must ensure the protection of civilians in times of war. However, there is only room for less than half of Norway’s population in the shelters.

– Short notice period

The government will meet the needs of the civilian population by establishing a new scheme which they call “safe places to stay”, at the same time as it is planned that civilians will have time to seek protection after notification.

“Several NATO countries consider shelters less relevant due to the short warning period in the event of an attack and recommend that civil protection is based to a greater extent on effective warning and information, and that coverage must be sought where one is staying,” a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice and Emergency Management told TV 2.

According to the ministry, special consideration should be given to continuing shelters with a high level of protection in particularly vulnerable areas.

– The Ministry of Justice and Emergency Preparedness will shortly instruct DSB, in collaboration with relevant actors, to assess and propose criteria for safe accommodation for the population during evacuation throughout the crisis spectrum, the ministry’s communications adviser states.

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Self-preparedness

He also confirms that the government also proposes that Norwegians on their own must prepare for a possible crisis situation.

In 2018, the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB) encouraged all Norwegians to obtain a basic emergency service that lasts for 72 hours.

The Government refers in the White Paper to this DSB campaign when it states that self-protection measures “Provides good protection against many types of adverse events both in peacetime and against acts of war”.

– The government has decided that the design of future civil protection measures will be based on three main elements: Timely population warning with a high degree of coverage, appropriate evacuation to safe places to stay and self-preparedness, says senior communications adviser Andreas Bondevik in the Ministry of Justice and Emergency Management to TV 2.

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