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Danish Civil Protection Agency issues new citizen preparedness guidelines

The Emergency Management Agency (Beredskabsstyrelsen) has issued new advice for citizens. The agency has announced new home preparedness advice that will be sent to all citizens digitally, and pamphlets with the advice will also be available in public institutions such as libraries. This was announced by Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen (V) during a press conference at the People’s Meeting (Folkemødet) on Bornholm. After the summer holidays, it will be considered whether to distribute the advice to all households in Denmark. The Defense Minister emphasizes that there is no direct military threat to Denmark and describes the country as fundamentally safe and secure. Therefore, he appeals to citizens not to “rush into panic” and hoard supplies.

The director of the Emergency Management Agency, Laila Reenberg, adds that one can gradually replenish their stock while out shopping. She points out that the new advice is advisory and is developed in response to increasing demand from citizens. The advice is designed to help citizens cope for three days with necessary supplies such as water, food, and medicine in case of a crisis. This will allow authorities to focus on normalizing the situation as quickly as possible. Troels Lund Poulsen acknowledges that creating the advice has been a “difficult balance” to avoid creating panic among citizens. He urges everyone to remain calm.

The new recommendations, gathered under the title “Prepared for Crises,” were published on the Emergency Management Agency’s website on Saturday. Earlier the same day, Troels Lund Poulsen presented some of the advice in his party leader speech at the People’s Meeting on Bornholm.

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