Natural disasters or for example extreme political or economical developments can lead to a series of unpredictable consequences that occasionally develop into complex crisis situations. Governments and authorities are faced with natural disasters like massive flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis as well as man-made conflict. These situations spread across borders and thus require cross-border and cross-organisational co-operation.
Crisis management is a discipline that covers the whole life-cycle of a crisis from preparedness to early-warning systems, fast response and recovery. It may involve security functions such as peacekeeping, but involves also softer dimensions such as humanitarian aid, health, food, logistics and water management.
Tekes Safety and Security Programme explored the route to a more active Finnish presence on international markets. Operations and business opportunities offered by the United Nations and its various functions as well as those of World Bank were explored together with Finnish companies. In Finland we worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of the Interior, Crisis Management Centre Finland and the Finnish Red Cross.
Developed individual solutions cover communication solutions, interoperability in cross-agency and cross-border operations and emergency alert for disaster management. We started with a safety and security view, but broadened it to anything applicable in the same crisis situations and towards the same goal: the resilience of a society when facing a crisis. Companies and Team Finland – a joint government task force - formed a coalition, Human Security Finland to boost market entry.