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Defence committee wants to increase crisis awareness

Published onsdag 2 december 2015 kl 13.52
"We want to sharpen the crisis awareness of the Swedish people"
(1:09 min)
Canned food./SVT Bild
Have you got food to last you for 72 hours in a crisis? /SVT Bild

If a serious crisis would affect Sweden, the country would quickly risk soon running out of food, as only half of the food eaten in Sweden is produced here. Now the parliamentary defence committee has produced a leaflet to increase the crisis awareness among Swedes.

"We think that the crisis awareness had diminished for a couple of decades and since we are now living in a more insecure world, we think this initiative is appropriate," said Allan Widman who is the chairman of the committee and a member of the Liberal Party.

The brochure is a way to "sharpen the crisis awareness of the Swedish people". It won't be distributed to households, but to local, regional and national agencies and organisations, that in turn should spread information to the public.

For example, not many people are aware that each citizen is expected to have food and water to get you through the first three days. A torch, a battery-powered radio and even a field kitchen is also recommended.

"Today the national agency responsible for crisis management, says that 72 hours at least you should be self-supportive as a citizen, and that is what we today think is something of a minimum,"

According to Sven Lindgren, chairman of the Civil Defence Association, the food in Sweden - including what the big grocery chains and the food industry have in storage - will last ten-twelve days at the most before it needs to be refilled. And that is if the transport within the country still works - otherwise it would run out even quicker.

According to Lindgren, the Swedish authorities have sold off the emergency food storage that it used to have during the Cold War. Meanwhile, neighbouring Finland continues to maintain their storage, which is supposed to last for 12 months, if the crisis is a long one.

Sweden produces about 50-55 percent of the food eaten in the country, which can be compared to Finland at 80 per cent.

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