Well informed and prepared residents form the basis for society’s management of dire circumstances. Tasked by the Government, MSB now starts several endeavours to increase private persons’ knowledge about crisis preparedness, heightened preparedness and in the extreme, war. Today MSB hands over the final report regarding the task.
The major endeavour this spring will be the brochure If Crisis or War Comes. It will be sent out to all households in Sweden during the national campaign Crisis Preparedness Week, May 28 – June 3.
The contents of the brochure address how we can be better prepared for events with severe impact on our society, which, in conclusion, may threaten the freedom and independence of our country.
“It can be everything from extreme weather and serious accidents to IT attacks and military conflicts. In the brochure we present concrete advice and guidelines to make people prepare for everyday life when the society services aren’t working,” says campaign manager Christina Andersson.
Follows tradition, with new prerequisites
In Sweden, we have a tradition of informing all residents about our common security and preparedness. The last time a brochure was sent to all households were during the Cold War. It was called If War Comes and the corresponding information was also included in the phone book.
“We allude to the titles of the earlier brochures, but of course the risks and threats are different today. Today we describe how our common security is constructed and how you can contribute if something threatens it,” says Christina Andersson.
In-depth material - if you want to know more
As a complement to the information in the brochure the website www.dinsäkerhet.se offers films, pod radio, checklists, and translations.
Follow-up on the effects of the information
The brochure will be followed-up by an inquiry about the effects of the information. It will include questions about heightened preparedness, total defence, and the number of people who increased their own crisis preparedness.