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Endeavour regarding increased knowledge about preparations for crisis and war reported to the Government

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Published: 2018-03-01 kl. 10:00
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.dinsä 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.

Facts about the brochure If Crisis or War Comes


The brochure If Crisis or War Comes will be sent to 4.8 million households in Sweden in connection with the Crisis Preparedness Week, May 28 – June 3.

The purpose of the information is to make us better prepared to manage the effects of serious accidents, extreme weather, IT attacks, or military conflicts.

The brochure consists of 20 pages in A5 format and quadricolour print. The texts will be in simple Swedish and include information panels, bullet lists, and illustrations.

Among other things, the brochure will address the following areas:  

  • How a crisis can affect society and peoples’ everyday life.
  • Private persons’ responsibility to be able to manage a difficult situation.
  • Advice and concrete tips for supplying the basic need of food, water, heating, and communication during a period, without the support of society.
  • Advice for discovering and managing false information and propaganda.
  • What the Total Defence consists of, as well as what Total Defence duty, general duty of service, and wartime posting mean.
  • What heightened preparedness means and how to act while it is in place.
  • How Sweden can be threatened and attacked (e.g. extreme weather, cyber-attacks taking down important IT systems).
  • Different emergency alerts (IPA alerts, preparedness alerts, air-raid alerts) and how to act when you hear them.
  • Shelters and other protected spaces (e.g. cellars and tunnels) .
  • Important websites and phone numbers.
  • Reference to MSB website DinSä for in-depth information, questions and answers, and translated versions of the brochure.
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