Your checklist for a crisis: These items should be stocked up

by Nathalia Hentze Nielsen

Many factors can trigger a crisis.

Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and severe, potentially affecting all or parts of the country.

The threat of man-made events such as cyberattacks and sabotage is serious due to the deteriorating security situation in Europe.

Finally, accidents, technical problems, or other incidents can have a broader impact on society.

As a private individual, the most direct consequence of a crisis can be supply shortages.

How to Prepare

Imagine there is no electricity or water.

Your refrigerator and stove are not working.

You may not be able to shop, make phone calls, or go online for a while.

By following some simple advice, you can manage on your own if a crisis arises.

It is recommended that you and your household be able to cope for three days.

This gives authorities time to work on normalizing the situation and helping where the need is greatest.

See the full list here.

Your Checklist:

Water Supply

  • Calculate 3 liters of water per person per day for drinking and cooking.
  • Prepare 9 liters of water per person for three days.
  • Remember water for pets.
  • More information can be found on the websites of the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.

Water Storage

  • Buy bottled drinking water and store it cool and dark within the expiration date.
  • Replace the water regularly.
  • Tap water can be stored for several months in closed containers if kept cool and dark.
  • Use only containers approved for food and clean them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Change the water regularly and use it, for example, to water plants. Wash containers before refilling.

Food for Three Days

  • Have food for three days in the household that can be kept without a refrigerator or freezer.
  • Choose food that does not require cooking in an oven or on a stove (e.g., canned goods, crispbread).
  • Ensure the food items are ones you and your household use and like.

Medicine and First Aid

  • Have necessary medication for at least three days and a first aid kit ready.
  • The first aid kit can include bandages, dressings, wound cleaning, and disinfection.
  • In case of nuclear accidents: Stay indoors and have iodine tablets available for people under 40 years, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers.
  • Follow authorities’ recommendations in nuclear accidents.
  • Read more on the Health Authority’s website.


  • Have toilet paper, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, pads, and tampons available.


  • Use blankets, duvets, and warm clothes if the heat goes out.
  • Stay in one room to keep warm for longer periods.
  • Use candles or other heat sources carefully and on stable surfaces, away from flammable materials.

Other Necessities

  • Have a mobile phone and a power bank/battery pack available.
  • Have a flashlight, candles, matches, and batteries ready.
  • Have physical payment cards and cash in small notes and coins.

Special Needs

  • Have extra supplies for small children, the elderly, or sick household members (e.g., infant formula, diapers, care products).
  • Ensure food and water for pets.

Your Local Area

  • Assess the risk of flooding in your area.
  • Find out where you can get sandbags if needed.


  • Consider alternative forms of transportation.
  • Follow updates on Rejseplanen and the Road Directorate’s traffic information.
  • Make arrangements with neighbors, family, and friends for transportation assistance if needed.

Neighbors, Friends, and Family

  • Be aware of people in your neighborhood or social circle who may need help.
  • Write down important phone numbers and hang them up, for example, on the refrigerator.

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