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Germany to tell people to stockpile food and water in case of attacks: FAS

Germany to tell people to stockpile food and water in case of attacks: FAS

Postby smix » Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:39 pm

Germany to tell people to stockpile food and water in case of attacks: FAS
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germ ... SKCN10W0MJ
Category: Politics
Published: August 21, 2016

Description: BERLIN (Reuters) - For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government plans to tell citizens to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or catastrophe, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported on Sunday. Germany is currently on high alert after two Islamist attacks and a shooting rampage by a mentally unstable teenager last month. Berlin announced measures earlier this month to spend considerably more on its police and security forces and to create a special unit to counter cyber crime and terrorism. “The population will be obliged to hold an individual supply of food for ten days,” the newspaper quoted the government’s “Concept for Civil Defence” - which has been prepared by the Interior Ministry - as saying. The paper said a parliamentary committee had originally commissioned the civil defense strategy in 2012. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said the plan would be discussed by the cabinet on Wednesday and presented by the minister that afternoon. He declined to give any details on the content. People will be required to stockpile enough drinking water to last for five days, according to the plan, the paper said. The 69-page report does not see an attack on Germany’s territory, which would require a conventional style of national defense, as likely. However, the precautionary measures demand that people “prepare appropriately for a development that could threaten our existence and cannot be categorically ruled out in the future,” the paper cited the report as saying. It also mentions the necessity of a reliable alarm system, better structural protection of buildings and more capacity in the health system, the paper said. A further priority should be more support of the armed forces by civilians, it added. Germany’s Defence Minister said earlier this month the country lay in the “crosshairs of terrorism” and pressed for plans for the military to train more closely with police in preparing for potential large-scale militant attacks.
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Germans told to stockpile food and water for civil defence

Postby smix » Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:47 pm

Germans told to stockpile food and water for civil defence
BBC News

URL: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37155060
Category: Politics
Published: August 22, 2016

Description: For the first time since the Cold War the German government is advising citizens to stockpile food and water for use in a national emergency. Some opposition MPs said the new civil defence concept, to go before ministers on Wednesday, was scaremongering. Citizens are advised to store enough food to last them 10 days, because initially a disaster might put national emergency services beyond reach. Five days' water - two litres (half a gallon) per person daily - is advised. The German news website Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) said the new concept was set out in a 69-page German Interior Ministry document. The document said "an attack on German territory, requiring conventional defence of the nation, is unlikely". But, it said, a major security threat to the nation in future could not be ruled out, so civil defence measures were necessary. Soon, Germans began tweeting ironically under the hashtag "Hamsterkaeufe" (panic-buying). Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told a group of schoolchildren that Germany must be prepared to react if water or food reserves were poisoned, or if oil and gas supplies were interrupted. The parliamentary head of the left-wing Die Linke party, Dietmar Bartsch, criticised the move, saying "you can completely unsettle people with yet another round of proposals, such as hoarding supplies". The Greens' deputy parliamentary leader, Konstantin von Notz, said it was sensible to update civil defence advice which had not been touched since 1995. But he warned against mixing up possible military or terrorist scenarios, saying "I can't see any attack scenario that merits a stockpiling of supplies by the population".
Germany's civil defence: Cold War and now
* About 2,000 public bunkers and shelters were built in West Germany, with federal funding (former East Germany had its own communist network of shelters)
* There was a wide mix of shelters - eg in garages, schools, private cellars
* Special government nuclear bunker was built in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, 30km (19 miles) from Bonn
* Law says Cold War-era shelters must not be converted into new types of building
* Germany still has stockpiles of food - eg milk powder and beans - at secret locations, for a national emergency
* Inventories are regularly checked and renewed
* Emergency offices to issue food and fuel stamps, under national rationing system in a disaster
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This is how the Federal Government wants to react in case of war

Postby smix » Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:25 pm

This is how the Federal Government wants to react in case of war
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

URL: http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inla ... 98973.html
Category: Politics
Published: August 21, 2016

Description: What if tomorrow there is war? The citizens are to create stocks again. The protection of state bodies against armed attacks is also being discussed in a federal government concept.
Translated from German
The federal government will encourage the population to stockpile again in order to be able to temporarily take care of themselves in the event of major disasters or armed attack. "The population is urged to hold an individual supply of food for ten days," says the "Civil Defense conception", which the Cabinet is to decide on Wednesday. This is reported by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS), citing the text that was prepared by the Federal Ministry of the Interior and was available to the newspaper. The federal government is also pushing for a reasonable supply of drinking water. "The population should be urged by appropriate measures, up to the installation of national individual measures, to store for own / emergency consumption over a period of five days two liters of water per person per day in a health-quality reserve," it says in the concept further. It is the first strategy of civil defense since the end of the Cold War. It was commissioned by the Budget Committee of the Bundestag in 2012 and was developed in parallel with the White Paper on Security Policy. As stated there in the 69-page concept, "an attack on the territory of Germany, which requires a conventional national defense, is unlikely". However, security precaution demands that "nevertheless, be properly prepared for such a life-threatening development, which can not be fundamentally ruled out for the future".
Previous provisions completely inadequate
The concept identifies the necessary fields and challenges. In an emergency, the population should be able to protect themselves before government measures are taken to ensure adequate supplies of food, water, energy and cash. It also discusses the need for a reliable alarm system, building hardening and sufficient capacity in the healthcare system. Civilian support to the armed forces should once again become a priority; this includes interventions in traffic control when the Bundeswehr has to relocate combat units. Another important topic is the self-protection of state institutions. "In the case of abandonment of the service, precautions must be taken in order to be able to relocate the task perception of an authority to another, more protected place (alternative location)," the concept says. As the FAS further reported, the existing provisions are completely inadequate, as uncovered in an internal inventory. Therefore, the topic should now also be discussed in the Federal Security Council.
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