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A Look at Finland’s EXTENSIVE Disaster Preparedness Plans

A Look at Finland’s EXTENSIVE Disaster Preparedness Plans

During World War II, the city of Helsinki Finland was bombed relentlessly, leaving the tiny country with a death toll of more than 90,000 people. It is due to these devastating losses that the Nordic nation has one of the most comprehensive preparedness cultures on the planet. Although it’s ranked as the 14th safest country in the world, Finland prepares its people for everything from natural disasters to terror attacks to war.

For example, every building with a floor area of more than 12,916 square feet is required to house a shelter to protect citizens in the event of a crisis. I think it’s always interesting to see how other countries prepare for disaster.

This fascinating video offers a glimpse inside Finland’s civil defense plans.

Not only are first responders ready for a variety of disasters. Even local business owners are trained so they know what to do should a disaster occur. Imagine the difference it could make if more of our workplaces were thoroughly trained to be prepared for a wide variety of disasters.

Finland also encourages individual preparedness

But it isn’t just emergency responders that the Finnish government prepares. They also recommend individual measures. The Department of the Interior website says:

Emergency planning by individuals forms part of society’s resilience

Every person should be prepared for all types of emergencies, such as disruptions to the electricity supply or telecommunications connections. Emergency planning by individuals assists the authorities in times of crisis, since resources do not suffice to help all of those who need help, and must be allocated to the most urgent cases. (source)

Finland isn’t the only country in Europe to urge citizens to prepare.

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A walk on the wild side as Trump meets Putin at Finland station

A walk on the wild side as Trump meets Putin at Finland station

US President stirs up a hornet’s nest with his press conference alongside his Russian counterpart, but it seems that no ‘grand bargain’ was struck on Syria, and on Iran they appear to strongly disagree

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, offers a ball from the 2018 football World Cup to US President Donald Trump during their joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. Photo: AFP/ Yuri Kadobnov

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, offers a ball from the 2018 football World Cup to US President Donald Trump during their joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. Photo: AFP/ Yuri Kadobnov

Trump-Putin Summit To Take Place On July 16 In Helsinki

Update: And now we know the date:

  • TRUMP-PUTIN SUMMIT TO BE ON JULY 16 IN HELSINKI, U.S. SAYS

Here is the official statement:

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Fox News Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts reported early Thursday morning that the White House and the Kremlin have decided on Helsinki as the location for the Trump-Putin summit, just as President Trump had suggested yesterday.



The capital of Finland was first reported as the most likely site for the summit last week, and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto has already confirmed that Finland is prepared to host the summit. Yesterday, National Security Advisor John Bolton hammered out details during a working lunch with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov before meeting President Putin. During their pre-summit meeting yesterday, Bolton and Putin reportedly discussed nuclear arms control, conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, the situation in North Korea and the Iran nuclear deal.

“Despite the political noise in the US,” direct communications between Trump and Putin are in the “best interest of our country,” Bolton said yesterday during a press conference in Moscow.

President Trump has pushed for improved relations with the Kremlin, even inviting Putin to the White House during a March phone call. Efforts to arrange the summit started to intensify in mid-June. Bolton said during yesterday’s press conference that both Trump and Putin shared a belief that their face-to-face meeting will improve relations between the two countries.

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Bolton also insisted that Trump and Putin will discuss “a full range of issues”  including arms control agreements, alleged Russian meddling and the possibility of Moscow re-joining the G-8.

The two sides have also agreed on a time and date for the summit – information that will likely be released on Thursday.

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