Nearly 30 years after the end of the Cold War, Sweden is re-issuing an advisory pamphlet on how to cope with an outbreak of war, a move that comes amid increasing security concerns. Last updated in the 1980s, the focus was mostly on war. Given the dramatic changes society has undergone since then, the out-dated advice was not just updated, but expanded.
First printed in the 1940s, the pamphlet Om kriget komma (If War Comes) will be distributed to 4.5 million homes during Sweden‘s Emergency Preparedness Week in May. It will outline to Swedes how to prepare for not just war but any number of national crises, such as natural disasters and terror attacks, with practical advice on food, water, heat, and how communications will work in the event of a national emergency. It will also explain what to do in an air-raid shelter and how to deal with misinformation, something of particular importance in this election year.
Christina Andersson of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, which will be producing the new version of the booklet, told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, “There is a significantly more complex threat with climate change, terror attacks, pandemics, and manipulation of information and people need to learn and know how to deal with these new threats.”