Global trends are increasing risks in economy, national security, epidemics and peak oil. Natural disasters have increased over the last ten years, in Europe and on other continents. Earlier relative political stability has been replaced by unrest in many regions. The trend towards increased dependence across borders has increased the political issues in Europe. The increase in media coverage on global incidents and events lead to an increased risk for the stability of individual countries while facilitating demands for closer cooperation and interdependence between countries adjacent to each other.
The local ripple effect of negative global trends can be significant if the risks are not identified and mitigated in advance. The ISSS Program 2014 – 2020 increases local resilience in:
- Local Fuel Security
- Local Community Safety & Security
- Integrity of Critical Infrastructure & Services
- Local Economy
The ISSS focuses actively on continuously increase the knowledge and levels of local preparedness through :
• development of methods, techniques and tools
• exchange and dissemination of information, experiences and practices between Member States and between the organizations responsible for managing critical infrastructure and local service delivery
• Development and improvement of knowledge of potential risks and mitigation in the private sector
• increase the opportunity to share best practices
• develop a culture of greater trust and cooperation.
The overall objective is to strengthen the capacity and capability of communities and municipalities through creation and identification of targets, as ‘way-points’, en-route to meeting local, regional, national and EU objectives.
Additionally, the program shares new knowledge and enhances understanding strengthening crisis management and public preparedness planning in communities and municipalities. It serves to increase the safety, security and well-being of the people and communities in a rapidly changing world.