Regional state administration was reorganised at the beginning of 2010, when the old division into provinces was replaced by Regional State Administrative Agencies and Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment. The task of a Regional State Administrative Agency is to co-ordinate the preparedness of the actors in its area, arrange training and preparedness exercises and support the preparedness planning of municipalities. Under the management of the agencies, regional preparedness committees have been set up.
Within the framework of the committees, search and rescue, the police and voluntary organisations among others, who are responsible for security in their area, co-ordinate their preparedness activities.
The Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment are responsible for preparedness and crisis management in connection with their own tasks. Since the regional administration system is still rather new, preparedness duties are being developed.
Municipalities organise the main part of the services that we use on a daily basis. Municipal services include health care, basic education and waste management. Even when services have been outsourced to a private company or a local government regional authority, the responsibility for providing services ultimately lies with the municipality.
Statutory preparedness planning provides the basis for the measures a municipality takes in a crisis situation. The various branches providing municipal services such as education, public utility services and social services prepare their respective plans for crises. The plans are then compiled as a joint preparedness or rescue plan of the municipality. When an accident occurs the municipality makes sure that the victims receive psychosocial support.
The municipal manager leads preparedness work in co-operation with the municipal executive board. Regional search and rescue services and the regional state administration support the municipality in its preparedness planning. Voluntary organisations often contribute to preparedness planning, thus completing the work of the authorities in a crisis situation.