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5500 bunkers of Helsinki

CNBC reports that there are about 5,500 bunkers in Helsinki, Finland. Since the 1980s, the country has built a huge network of subsurface infrastructure.

What are these for?

These underground facilities are used for parking, sporting events, and many others. However, they have a major purpose that is more sinister than what was mentioned.

They are meant as shelters in case of an attack.

The Finnish government believes the country is not in imminent danger, but having been invaded by the old Soviet Union in the past and watching the current war in Ukraine, the Nordic nation intends to be prepared for the worst.

Charly Salonius-Pasternak, a senior researcher at the Finnish Institute for International Affairs, said that "There's a historic sense that you should always be prepared. It might not be this generation or the next generation, but Russia is likely to attack Finland in some way."

Is this pushing too hard? Does the country entertain morbid notions of the future?

Definitely not.

Finland has refused to join any military alliance for decades, ostensibly to assuage Russia's security worries. As a result, Finland has to ensure that it is self-sufficient. These underground facilities are just a start.

Since the 1960s, Finland has been building bunkers. It was a defense system designed to prevent a repeat of the 1939-1940 winter war when the Soviet Union dropped bombs on Helsinki without warning.

According to a Mirror article, the bunker network currently runs 200 miles and encompasses roughly 10 million square meters, and it always has enough food and water for 14 days. They have thick metal doors that can resist a nuclear bomb blast and are further strengthened with doors that protect the bunkers from radiation and chemical toxins.

As you can see, the underground shelter's major element is security.

And that's what we all need. Security in the face of threats.

Your business may not face a huge threat like a Russian invasion. But you are not exempt from experiencing life's curve balls.

Your business continuity efforts will dictate how you will be able to handle business interruptions. There should be a central focus on your business continuity planning. This would enable you to fine-tune your operational response methods for crisis management, and many businesses would benefit from it.

BCM next can help you prepare for life's challenges. We help you supplement your core strengths so you too can prepare for the worst and come out a winner.


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