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PM Assembles National Security Council in Wake of Storm

By Ragnar Tómas

Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir
Photo: Golli.

In a Facebook post yesterday, Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Security Council Katrín Jakobsdóttir announced that she would be assembling the National Security Council later today. The council will be responding to the aftermath of extreme weather conditions in North Iceland this week.

Members of the council will visit the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management’s National Crisis Coordination Centre to assess the situation. In her post, the Prime Minister praised those who had responded to the storm:

“Over the past few days, we’ve been reminded that we are not immune to powerful natural forces. A major storm has hit North Iceland, and residents find themselves in a difficult situation,” Katrín wrote, adding that she had spoken directly with locals and members of municipal governments.

“At the same time, it is clear that individuals responding to the storm have worked around the clock and have done extraordinary work, despite difficult conditions.”

Katrín revealed that she had called a meeting with the National Security Council at 5 pm today. The meeting will take place at the Government Offices. The Prime Minister has also established a task force to suggest possible improvements to ensure future storms do not cause similar damages.

“The task force will begin work immediately. It will include a representative from the Prime Minister’s office; the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs; the Minister of Transport and Local Government; and the Minister of Tourism, Industry, and Innovation.”

In another post on Facebook, Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir affirmed that the government would do everything in its power to react quickly and to restore order to the area as soon as possible. “Once again we’re reminded of the power of our responders,” Áslaug writes, referring to search-and-rescue volunteers, employees of the Icelandic Coast Guard and the Public Roads Administration, along with police officers, municipal staff, and companies like Rarik and Landsnet. 

“One admires all of these people, who are prepared to respond, to venture forth into the storm, and to salvage what can be salvaged for the benefit of their fellow citizens. We owe them a debt of gratitude,” Áslaug writes. 

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