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The things everyone in Norway should have at home in case of a emergency

Robin-Ivan Capar
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The things everyone in Norway should have at home in case of a emergency
In this article, we will go through some of the common risks in Norway and official emergency storage recommendations in the country. Photo by Sigmund on Unsplash

Life is full of shocks and you never know when the unexpected, such as a power cut, could be lurking around the corner. If an emergency situation does occur, here's a list of items you should have on hand.


Norway is well-known as a safe and prosperous place – that's why tens of thousands of people move to the country each year.

However, even well-off societies are vulnerable to crises, regardless of their nature. From health crises to security concerns, as well as power cuts and extreme weather, you never know when life's about to become a bit more unpredictable or how long the demanding times will last.

Therefore, taking basic precautions and preparing for the unexpected in advance should definitely be something you think about every once in a while – even in Norway.

In this article, we will go through some of the common risks in Norway and official emergency storage recommendations in the country.


Why it's a good idea to plan ahead

Not every crisis is related to major international developments. Sometimes, even local issues can disrupt your daily life for several days.

Extreme weather (think storms or blizzards), power outages, and water supply contamination all fit into this category.

Power outages are especially tricky, as most people in Norway are highly dependent on electricity for heating, lighting, cooking, hot water, and electrical appliances.

Therefore, the website – operated by the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (Norwegian: Direktoratet for samfunnssikkerhet og beredskap) – recommends being prepared to manage on your own for at least three days.

What to include in your emergency storage

The state-funded website states that people in Norway would do well to keep a small emergency reserve of things that they cannot do without, such as water, food, medicines, and heat sources.

As the DSB notes, with simple emergency supplies, most people can manage on their own for at least three days, enabling them to get through most crises.

If a protracted crisis appears, your emergency store will buy you enough time to draw up new plans and consider your next steps. At the same time, you also help ensure that those who need it most can get help first.


The Directorate for Social Security and Preparedness also offer an recommended emergency store that people in Norway are suggested to have:

  • Nine litres of water per person
  • Two packages of crackers per person
  • One packet of oatmeal per person
  • Three tins of canned food or three bags of dry food per person
  • Three cans of cold cuts per person
  • A few bags of dried fruit or nuts, biscuits and chocolate
  • Any prescribed medication
  • A wood, gas, or kerosene stove for heating
  • A grill or cooker that runs on gas
  • Candles, a flashlight with batteries, or a kerosene lamp
  • Matches or a lighter
  • Warm clothes, a blanket, and a sleeping bag
  • A first aid kit
  • A battery-operated Dab radio
  • Batteries and a mobile phone charger that you can use in your car
  • Wet wipes and disinfectant
  • Drying/toilet paper
  • Sanitary products
  • Some cash
  • Extra fuel and wood/gas/kerosene/rubbing alcohol for heating and cooking
  • Iodine tablets in case of nuclear incidents if you are under 40, pregnant, breastfeeding or have children living at home


New survey: Norwegians increasingly preparing for crises

In a February 2023 survey conducted by Ipsos for the DSB, 43 percent of respondents answered that they store drinking water in their homes – an increase of eight percentage points from 2021 and an increase of 16 percentage points from 2019.

DSB chief Elisabeth Aarsæther believes the pandemic and the war in Ukraine are behind the increased awareness.

"The survey shows that a lot has happened when it comes to people's preparedness awareness in 2022," Aarsæther told Norwegian news bureau NTB.

At the same time, 49 percent of respondents have thought about what to do in the event of a protracted power outage - an increase of 10 percentage points from 2021 and 12 percentage points from 2019.

Furthermore, 81 percent of respondents in the survey answered that the crises of the past two years had made them more mentally prepared to face future crises.

However, the DSB chief emphasised that the directorate is still not satisfied with the level of self-preparedness among Norwegians.

"It is good that more people are now better equipped (to deal with crises) than before, but many still have a long way to go. For example, less than half of people have stored water in their homes," Aarsæther warned.


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