By the author of Be Ready for Anything and the online course Bloom Where You’re Planted
The Swedish government is warning its citizens to be prepared to survive on their own for at least a week, which is unusual advice for Sweden to dispense. Is there trouble on the horizon?
Shortly before Christmas, the Swedish government quietly published a paper called “Resilience.” Initially, the requirement had been for people to be prepared for 3 days without help, but it seems like that was a baby step. The government itself wants to be prepared for a 3-month long civil emergency and they’re urging citizens to take responsibility, too.
It really makes you wonder what is looming ahead, doesn’t it?
A publication called SVT reported today:
“Because we have the security policy situation we have today, we say that we will make our planning at government level to face a security crisis for three months,” says Eva-Lena Fjällström, Deputy Director of the County Administrative Board in Västerbotten.
Previously, it has been said that citizens will be able to cope for three days in the event of a crisis. Now it’s extended to one week.
“I think it’s important that you can manage yourself. Society has changed and is vulnerable and complex with many dependencies. It can easily be a disturbance so we have to manage ourselves, “says Eva-Lena Fjällström. (source)
The same publication provided video instructions for putting together a “crisis box.”
The Swedish government is also urging young people to get better prepared.
It’s also interesting to note that back in November, an article introducing the idea of preparedness was published and geared toward 18-year-olds. (One must also wonder if this is a gentle nudge toward a potential draft?) It referenced a study done to measure the preparedness levels of the country’s young people.
“In order to strengthen Swedish emergency preparedness, it is important that as many people as possible be prepared to cope with themselves during a crisis. Therefore, it is gratifying that almost nine out of ten 18-year-olds believe that they should take responsibility for themselves and their relatives in a crisis, “says Nils Svartz, Deputy Director General at MSB.
Nevertheless, the survey shows that many young people are not prepared for a crisis. Only one in three has water for three days and even fewer have prepared to communicate and receive important information from the radio if the electricity is lost. (source)
Some Swedes will see this as a different way of life.
The YouTube channel Swedish Homestead (find it here) recently released a video that discussed the national government’s warning for Swedes to be prepared to handle life for at least a week without the help of the government. According to the vlogger, this is not the norm there and the government is “the Big Brother who handles everything.”
There were mentions of “war” and “crisis” but it appears that not many details were given as to the exact nature of the threat.
Many people in Sweden would be incredibly vulnerable in a situation in which they were forced to be independent. Plus, an influx of migrants has to have put a further strain on resources. Nearly 20% of the population has immigrated from another country – 1.7 million people in Sweden are foreign-born in a country with a population of 9.9 million.
Sweden isn’t alone in unpreparedness
But wouldn’t we see the same types of issues described in the video here in America? How many Americans could go for weeks or months with the food they had on hand and the food they could produce? How many Americans make their land work for them? How many Americans have the skills to actually produce food for themselves and procure safe drinking water?
Sadly, not very many.
Just like Sweden, many Americans are locked into a system where we are reliant on imported goods, municipal water, and a reliable transportation system to bring us supplies on a regular basis.
While we may not like to think about it, a vast majority of our own population would not be able to be self-sufficient in an emergency that lasted for more than a few days.
The world seems to be becoming increasingly dangerous every year, with threats of nuclear devastation, petro-wars, economic collapse, and religious differences. Our own country has become rigidly divided in a right vs. left paradigm. While none of us personally can fix those issues, we CAN be prepared to take care of our own families, protect our property, and stay informed.
I have friends who live in this area and they have let me know they cannot find any local news in Sweden and local countries that support this story?!
The links in the article are to the biggest news outlet in Sweden. Here’s an additional link to an MSB subsidiary: https://www.krisinformation.se/detta-gor-samhallet/samhallets-ansvar
That link was found on the MSB website itself in the right-center column.
PREPARDNESS is certainly the KEY to survival. We Americans depend on the government way too much. We should learn NOW to become self-sufficient. Thinking in terms of 3 days or a week, we should be thinking along the lines of MONTHLY preparedness. how many people can survive on the food, the water and medicine and the basic things they will need for infants, children, teenagers and the elderly or the disabled for a month?????
We need ALOT and TODAY is the time to start thinking about ALL of it. Not procrastinating and waiting. We MUST make it a priority to get our act together and realize a day will come when there will be NO transportation to bring us goods. NO 18 wheelers on the road, no shipping containers at our ports, NOTHING. All commerce will cease to exist and then what do you intend to do????? Shelves empty at the stores and no medicine for people who require it. No liquor, no drugs, no cigarettes, NOTHING…
Will you run to the nearest Walmart and attempt to buy what you need at such a late date????? Realize b4 you go that everybody else is going to be there with the same plan as your plan, to stock up all at once and buy way more than they usually buy…
The “smartest” plan is to beat them to the store and shop NOW while you can buy at today’s prices, and while the store isn’t crazy mad (like on Black Friday)…NOW is the time to do your planning or prepping to avoid the RUSH you will find later on.
Buy now and store up for later. You will use what you bought in an emergency or a SHTF situation, however IF by some reason you don’t use it so soon, you will always have it for later on. Better always to be safe than sorry. WE are suppose to take responsibility for ourselves and for any family that we may have nearby. The government isn’t going to rescue you, YOU are responsible for YOU. REMEMBER Katrina in New Orleans…What a disaster than turned out to be.
Don’t forget your pets, they will need food as well as fresh water during a crisis. IF you have enough, you may be able to rescue a neighbor in need, or an elderly person that can’t prepare accordingly. Just FOOD FOR THOUGHT here. Don’t waste time though, b/c the world is becoming more and more dangerous with each passing day.
Sweden is no longer the Sweden that we used to know.
I have a few friends that live in Sweden. I will also confirm the story posted by author, Daisy Luther. I did read the two links provided, however. One article seemed to explain that a course offering to emergency personnel was going to be given, and then that information was going to be offered to their respective sectors or something like that.
I am a person, however, that practices self-reliance and am interested in the subject matter.
I was able to follow the svt.se link and read the sourced article in Swedish. The friends of commenter below should be able to access same. It’s interesting to see preparedness being promoted in Sweden. I think there’s always been a love of being in nature,but definitely a sense that citizens are protected and provided for. I’ve spent a lot of time in Sweden in the past, and am of Swedish descent, so feels strange seeing how things seem to have changed there.
The Swedish should have had more concern about their small population being overrun with muslim invaders, which will forever change Sweden.
Take your country back!
Is this similar to the upcoming nuclear war info coming from the American govt?
Do hope more Americans learn to prepare for the unknown and our European relatives drive out the muslims… Again.
This is a link to the video of the “crisis box”
Sweden’s liberal immigration may have consequences they have to mitigate in 2018. Seem to be letting citizens know this could blow up and prepare for the worse- Staying indoors for extended periods.