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The storm exposed the vulnerability
"The storm exposed the vulnerability"

"Neither electricity nor phones – storm, Alfrida hit the island of Gotland to the time before the modern technological community. In any case, for more than a day. The question is how much vulnerability we must accept."

"the Storm, Alfrida affected particularly the island of Gotland hard. Lots of trees fell over the power lines, and power disappeared in virtually the whole of the island of Gotland. It did that also, the phones stopped working, as well as trygghetslarmen. It was not possible to reach the emergency number 112, and finally was referred distressed locals to visit jouröppna fire stations."

"Eva Nypelius, chairman of the regional council on the island of Gotland (C), thinks that the island of Gotland weathered the storm well, despite the interference. Civil society on the island of Gotland is working well, and it has made to those who needed help got it by society, neighbors and friends, " she explains."

"– But this shows how vulnerable we are. We are dependent on electricity and the telephone."

"Nothing serious happened to the people of gotland during the interruption, notes Eva Nypelius eased, and those who had different security alarms has also passed, but something went seriously wrong."

"She says that the region is now evaluating what has happened, to be able to see what can be done better."

"the Question is what is a reasonable security when it comes to the vulnerability of the base functionality of the supply of electricity and communication in society."

"– It is not possible to rig so that it is never disturbed. It is unreasonable demands. We put higher demands the more people that are dependent on a resource that phones, for example, the required back-up or duplication of function, " says Anna Montelius, a lawyer at the national Post and telecom agency (PTS)."

"the phone companies have, however, been on the to 2020 to fully adapt to the more stringent safety requirements."

"– It is difficult to protect against everything. But we have a lot of overhead power lines on the island of Gotland. It's clear that you're wondering how we can protect ourselves better, " says Eva Nypelius."

"the Authority for civil contingencies agency (MSB) has declined to comment on the vulnerability of the supply of electricity and telecommunications after Alfrida. It refers to the PTS has a sector responsibility for telestörningar."

"But the reason for the disruptions in the network was particularly the electricity blackouts, according to the Gotland official in store Mats Eriksson."

"the Phones require power."

"the Network is dependent on power, also explains Björn Lindberg, responsible for the mobilutbyggnaden at Tele2, which has a high market share for telephony on the island."

"– We have had it messy on the island of Gotland. We have spare batteries, but they do not cope so this long interruption. PTS have raised the demands on us, and we give priority to Gotland after all the previous power outage. But it is not clear yet."

" Society is dependent on electricity, and of course it is vulnerable. We will evaluate this and see if there are things we can do to reduce the risks, " says Kalle Blomberg, acting head of the electricity network on gotland, power company GEAB."

"Approximately half of the power lines on the island of Gotland, overhead lines, and to bury them would be good, and going on gradually, but costly if everything is done at once," he explains."

"Increased safety too expensive."

"Björn Lindberg on Tele2 also notes that it is possible to make a part in order to increase the security of the network, but that it is not possible to completely eliminate the risks. It would be far too expensive."

"Anna Montelius on the regulator PTS agree with you."

"– The rules that we have higher demands on telecommunications operators, and a systematic work to increase safety. But 100% it can never be, " said Anna Montelius."

"When the storm Alfrida came to Gotland fell trees across the power lines, and large parts of the island was the presence of power. On Wednesday night, went to the rescue out with a VMA, the Important message to the public, and invited the locals who needed dial 112 to go to any of the jouröppna brandstationerna. The phones on the island did not work as they should, and it made it impossible to reach the emergency number."

"Until 12 o'clock on the Thursday low to the call and left, then had the majority on the island of Gotland got back their electricity."

"Source: the Emergency services in greater Stockholm, the Region of Gotland"

"the national Post and telecom agency, PTS, has put higher demands on the telebolagens reliability. The more people that are dependent on a service, the higher the security requirements are imposed."

"For instance, then the backup features such as battery power for a certain time period, or the duplication of functions."

"the electricity Companies have, however, had until 2020 to bring their business."

"Source: national Post and telecom agency"

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