Home preparedness during crisis

With proper preparations, you can handle difficult situations better, regardless of their cause.

There’s a lot of talk in the news about war and disasters, and many people feel anxious even though Sweden is safer than many other countries. The municipality is responsible for ensuring that essential societal functions such as elderly care, water supply, emergency services, and schooling continue to operate even during a crisis.

As an individual, you also have a responsibility. With proper preparations, you can handle difficult situations better, regardless of their cause. You’re expected to be able to sustain yourself for a week without societal support in the event of a power outage. Therefore, it’s wise to practice and prepare in advance.

Tips for your home preparedness
  • Radio with batteries or hand-crank/solar power.
  • Flashlight and headlamp with extra batteries.
  • Bottles and containers of clean water.
  • Non-perishable food that can be eaten directly or cooked without water.
  • Camping stove and fuel, preferably for outdoor use.
  • Sleeping bags, blankets, and warm clothing.
  • Matches, candles, tea lights.
  • Kerosene lamp and fuel such as lamp oil or kerosene, with proper ventilation.
  • Alternative heating sources powered by kerosene, propane, diesel, or wood.
  • First aid kit and any essential medications.
  • Hygiene items including wet wipes, hand sanitizer, diapers, and sanitary pads.
  • Extra batteries and charged power banks.
  • Cash in case debit/credit cards stop working.
  • A list of phone numbers for family, relatives, neighbors, hospitals, the municipality, emergency services, and utility providers.
Prep for a week

Having home preparedness means being able to sustain yourself for a week without societal support. With proper preparations, you can handle difficult situations better regardless of what happens. Make a plan for how to arrange water, food, communication, and heating in your residence for seven days, adapting it to your needs and circumstances. Is there anything else you or your loved ones need on a regular week?

When you’re prepared, society can focus on helping those who have the most difficulty taking care of themselves. Those who usually need support in daily life have the right to receive assistance even in a crisis, although it may look different and take longer.

Prepare together with others

In times of crisis or war, we all need to help each other. Knowing your neighbors makes it easier to collaborate and support one another.

Safety Points in Sollentuna

Sollentuna municipality provides locations called Safety Points. They play a crucial role as central information centers during crises. If an area experiences a power outage, lack of heating, or water shortage for a short or extended period, safety points can be used to provide basic needs. This includes access to showers, toilets, and a meal for those who need it. In serious situations, safety points can also offer overnight accommodation. Additionally, they may serve as distribution points for water, which is vital during water shortages.

Sollentuna municipality’s safety points
  • Arena Satellite, Allfarvägen 4
  • Rotebrohallen, Hertig Karls väg 17
  • Edsbergshallen, Edsbergs torg 1
The municipality opens safety points in the following situations:
  • Major power outages, interruptions in drinking water supply, and/or extensive disruptions in communications, which may include mobile network and/or internet shutdowns.
  • Natural disasters such as storms, floods, or wildfires in the vicinity.
  • Spread of infectious diseases or hazardous substances posing a risk to the population.
  • Threats of or actual terrorist attacks, danger of war, or wartime situations threatening the safety of citizens.

Learn more about Sollentuna municipality’s crisis preparedness here.

Common sense before rumors

During a crisis, critical thinking is crucial to avoid spreading false information and to make well-founded decisions. With proper source criticism, you can distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources, which is essential to ensure that the information shared is accurate and relevant. This reduces the risk of panic and confusion among the public and helps avoid the spread of rumors or misinformation that can worsen the situation. Being critical of sources and verifying information before spreading it contributes to maintaining a sense of security and trust in authorities and other sources of information during a crisis.

Smart strategies for crisis management
Have the right type of food at home

Having the right type of food at home is crucial during a crisis. Food that can withstand room temperature, requires minimal energy to cook, and little or no water consumption is ideal. It’s also important that the food provides enough energy, especially in difficult conditions.

Clean drinking water is essential

Ensure you have at least three liters per adult per day available. If the quality of the water is uncertain, you must be able to boil it or otherwise purify it to make it safe to drink.
In case of a total interruption in water supply, there’s no drinking water available through the regular drinking water network. Then, emergency water supply needs to cover the drinking water needs of residents and essential hygiene water. Prepare by acquiring containers. For example, there are soft collapsible containers that don’t take up much space. If the water is kept in a dark and cool place, it can be stored for up to six months.

Receive important information from authorities

During severe events, it’s necessary to receive important information from authorities through the Public Warning and Information System (VMA).

Channels for VMA:
  • Radio and TV, such as SR P4 and SVT,
  • from krisinformation.se via web, app, and social media,
  • as notifications in the apps Sveriges Radios SR Play, krisinformation.se, and 112 SOS Alarm,
  • outdoor sirens, sometimes called “Hesa Fredrik”,
  • SMS or
  • call 113 13 for information.

You can also visit:

  • The municipality’s website sollentuna.se via web, app, and social media,
  • and msb.se (Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency) via web and social media.

In emergency situations, it’s important to be able to call 112 and keep in touch with your relatives.

During a Power Outage

During power outages in cold seasons, the residence can quickly become cold. Gather the family in one room, use blankets to insulate windows, cover the floor with rugs, and build a den under a table to preserve heat. However, be careful with candles to avoid the risk of fire.

Keep cash at home

If the payment system or cash register system goes down, it may be difficult to purchase necessities such as food, medicine, and fuel. Therefore, it’s good to be able to pay in different ways and have access to cash if needed.

One month’s supply of medication

If you depend on prescription medications or medical supplies from healthcare, it’s wise to have a one-month supply at home. It provides you with security and ensures you don’t run out of important medications during a crisis.