The emergency network on Saturday night is still characterized by extensive power outages after the storm in southern Norway on Friday. The situation is still being closely monitored, DSB states.
The emergency network, the digital connection between the emergency services in Norway, was still affected at 7.30 pm on Saturday night after the severe storm that ravaged southern Norway on Friday and Saturday night hit base stations in several places.
– On Saturday night, around 80 of the 2,085 base stations in the emergency network are still affected. Affected areas include the west of the Telemark region, Valdres, and parts of Hallingdal, says director Elisabeth Aarsæther in the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB) to NTB.
The emergency network is the national, digital radio connection for emergency and emergency preparedness actors in Norway. There is a separate, separate mobile network with a nationwide infrastructure where the emergency services communicate with each other. The base stations affected by power outages have reserve power and DSB on Saturday extended this battery life by reducing capacity and thus saving electricity.
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– The power outage has, however, led to outages on the transmission lines that Nødnett leases and is dependent on to send signals on from the base stations, says Aarsæther.
She states that the power companies on Saturday night are working to restore the power supply, and prioritize the infrastructure that has affected the emergency network. In consultation with the police, a transportable base station was also set up in Valdres on Saturday, to provide better communication coverage along the E16 and county road 33, among other places.
– Emergency networks are expected to return gradually when the power and thus the transmission lines are restored. When the power is back, it will be seen if the wind has caused faults at the base stations, such as antennas blown out of position. We have ground crews ready to correct such mistakes, says Aarsæther.
Several municipalities have set crisis staff in the last 24 hours. In Nordre Land and Sør-Aurdal, both municipalities in the Inland, there were crisis meetings during Saturday. The state administrators in the municipalities that are affected by Friday’s storm are cooperating well, says Aarsæther.
– The state administrators in the affected municipalities report good cooperation locally, but many trees have fallen down so it will take time to rectify all power outages and clear all roads.
– The Civil Defense, which is part of DSB, is also in dialogue with affected municipalities to map the overall need for assistance. So far, no crews in the Civil Defense are at work, but this morning they have deployed two power generators on standby – one in Fekjær in Valdres and one in Etnedal.