The pandemic is strengthening people’s preparedness for future emergencies
MSB’s mission is to strengthen the Swedish population’s resilience when faced with emergencies and ultimately war.
Resilience for the individual includes having knowledge of how different emergencies and crises can affect one’s everyday life, and being prepared to manage one’s food and water needs, for example, during a period when society and services do not function in the way we are used to.
The ongoing pandemic has made a majority of survey respondents feel better prepared to deal with other emergencies in the future. This applies in particular to mental preparedness, but also to practical preparedness. 23 per cent of respondents stated that they have improved their home preparedness during the emergency, and 40 per cent said that they plan to improve their home preparedness.
These results emerged in an initial part presentation of an online questionnaire survey carried out between 8 and 13 May by the Attityd polling company for MSB. The results are based on answers from around 1,000 respondents.
The results also show that just over 80 per cent think that the responsibility for emergency management entrusted to the general public during the pandemic is completely reasonable or fairly reasonable.
The final report of the survey will be published in week 21.