Ratas: The pandemic showed the need to promote the culture of preparedness

Stenbock House, 29 May 2020 – At the development day of the area of government of the Ministry of the Interior, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas commended the capability of Estonian residents, companies and authorities to quickly adapt to the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to him, it is important to continue from this, and to promote the future general culture of preparedness, to be ready to act quickly in the next potential situation.

“The whole area of government of the Ministry of the Interior was connected to resolving the crisis right from the first day. You all probably did more than what could be expected. Hopefully, the preparedness to take steps and support others will characterise you in the future as well,” said Ratas.

According to the Prime Minister, the pandemic has been the most major crisis for Estonia in the period of regained independence, which we are still overcoming. However, the healthcare and medical crisis has now turned into an economic crisis that affects the whole society. From the viewpoint of the area of government of the Ministry of the Interior, it is now important to see to it that does not turn into a crisis with a serious effect on the safety and security of Estonia.

“I thank and acknowledge the employees of the Police and Border Guard Board, the Estonian Rescue Board, the Emergency Response Centre, the Estonian Internal Security Service, SMIT, the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences and the Ministry of the Interior and volunteers for their flexibility and professionalism. You have all had a reasonable and helpful attitude towards our fellow countrymen, and have dedicated a lot of energy every day into resolving the crisis, often on the account of your loved ones,” he said.
The Prime Minister emphasised that state authorities have to be increasingly more demanding towards their own preparedness, and must further develop the work done so far. “Speaking of supporting others, I will highlight the Estonian Rescue Board, which is turning into an advocate and developer of civil protection. We do not know what the next crisis will look like, or which weaknesses it may uncover. With the development of the general culture of preparedness, we decrease our weaknesses and increase our awareness,” Ratas emphasised. “From you, dear representatives of the area of government of the Ministry of the Interior, we expect being the role model of establishing the culture of preparedness.”

The development day of the heads of the area of government of the Ministry of the Interior was held for the tenth year, and this time, in virtual form.

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