Life in Germany. How to prepare for the blackout. Due to the gas crisis in Germany, there is a risk of blackouts. Here is a list of the essentials you need to survive the blackout.
How to prepare for a blackout?
Germany is no exception when it comes to power cuts. The last real power outage took place in 2005 in Münsterland, when the so-called “Münsterland snow chaos” 250,000 people were deprived of electricity. Residents reconnected to the network after 6 days.
One should be ready for corresponding blackouts in Germany, especially in the face of the war in Ukraine and the accompanying energy crisis in Europe. The German government has given instructions on how to prepare for the blackouts.
What are the effects of running out of electricity?
Not many places can operate without electricity in Germany, from trains to the checkout in supermarkets. This applies to equipment’s in our homes as well as public places. If there is no electricity in Germany, you won’t be able to drink a decent cup of coffee in the morning, you won’t be able to cook, the refrigerator will go out, and no money will come out of the ATM.
Supply chains can also be affected by a power outage, and may lead to supermarkets running out of goods. It will also no longer be possible to operate refrigeration systems in fresh food departments, meaning that fresh produce is less likely to be available. In the event of a power cut in Germany, BBK recommends stocking up on food, drinks and other items preferably for ten days.
7 items you must have in the event of a blackout
The Federal Office for Disaster Control recommends you purchase appliances that are especially useful in the event of a blackout.
- Spare rechargeable batteries, solar powered chargers, power banks to help keep smartphones and laptops working.
- A camping stove, where you can cook a meal in the event of a power failure. It is also worth having food supplies ready in case of an emergency.
- Battery radio – to receive real-time information and messages.
- Battery operated torch , matches, candles, lighters, camping lamps, solar lamps.
- You should also have cash at home , because in the event of a power outage, ATMs will cease to work.
- Coal, briquette and wood if you have a fireplace or stove.
- In the event of a heating failure, warm clothes (socks, sweaters, possibly a ski suit) and blankets will help.
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