Report WP 3 ‘Households’ preparedness for crisis events’

The survey report from work package 3 of the HomeRisk Project is now published. Based on a web-survey among a representative sample of household in Norway, Sweden and Iceland we find:

  • Most households view the risk for crisis to be low
    • Only 1 of 10 households in Norway and Iceland and 2 of 10 in Sweden, regards it as likely that a serious outage in the electricity and ICT
  • Many households have high expectations to receive and provide help should a crisis occur
    • Expectations to receive help from government is especially high in Norway
    • Expectations to receive help from neigbors is high in all three countries
    • The majority of households feel responsible to help others should a crisis occur
  • Many households feel ill prepared for a longer power and ICT outage
    • Knowledge of public preparedness plans and resources is low
    • Few have made preparedness plans of their own or talked about what to do
    • Around 3 out of 10 households state a longer power and ICT outage will be serious to them
  • Many households are prepared in terms of socio-material resources
    •  The majority of households know their neigbours and live nearby family
    • Most households can help others with clothing, transportation and first aid
    • Around half of the households are also able to help others with alternative cooking facilities, batteries, alternative light sources, food and drink should it be necessary
    • There are certain variations to these patterns between households of different generations, of urban-rural locations and in the different counties

Storm-Mathisen, A & Lavik, R. 2016. Beredskap for IKT og -elektrisitetsbrudd i nordiske hushold. Homerisk survey resultater fra Norge, Sverige og Island. Prosjektnotat 10-2016. Oslo: SIFO.