Svalbard’s Emergency Preparedness Council

The Emergency Preparedness Council is composed of key public, voluntary and private organisations that have specialist knowledge of emergency preparedness work in each of their respective areas.

Published 6/24/2019

The council is a forum for sharing information about emergency preparedness work, and the council will be the central coordination body in a crisis situation. The establishment of the emergency preparedness council is authorised in the “Instructions for the county governors’ and Governor of Svalbard’s work relating to civil protection, emergency preparedness and crisis management”.

In Svalbard, The Governor of Svalbard is the head of the council. According to Section 5 of the Svalbard Act, The Governor has the same authority as a county governor.