August 2016 – BERLIN – (Translated) What if tomorrow could be war? Citizens should stock away emergency supplies. The federal government wants to encourage the population again for stockpiling, so that they in the event of major disasters or armed attacks, people can temporarily take care of themselves. “The population is stopped, hold up a personal supply of food of ten days,” according to the “civil defense concept,” which is to decide the Cabinet on Wednesday. The reports the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS), citing the text, which has been elaborated by the Ministry of the Interior and the newspaper was present.
The federal government also asks citizens to store an adequate supply of drinking water. “The population should be encouraged by appropriate means, to own/first aid reproach two liters of water per person per day in not harmful quality to installation state individual measures for a period of five days,” it said in the concept.
This is the first strategy of civil defense since the end of the Cold War. Angela Merkle had been in the 2012 commission by the Budget Committee of the Bundestag. It was parallel to the White Paper on the nation’s security policy. As it states in the 69-page concept, “that an attack on the territory of Germany, which requires a conventional defense could nevertheless could create a life-threatening development for the future, in which the nation is not sufficiently prepared.”
In the appropriate emergencies, the following challenges are named. In an emergency, the population should be able to protect themselves before government measures start to ensure an adequate supply of food, water, energy and cash. The need for a reliable national civil defense system was also discussed, a hardening of buildings, and making sure the nation’s health system was able to effectively respond to large-scale emergencies. Civilian support of the armed forces is to again be a priority; including a system that can quickly modify or control the nation’s traffic network to steer combat units across the country when the Bundeswehr must relocate. (Added) The Bundeswehr is the unified armed forces of Germany and their civil administration and procurement authorities.
An important issue is also the survivability and protection of state officials. “Precautions are currently in place, in the case of an emergency, to relocate state officials to a sheltered place (Emergency Seat) so they continue the performance of their duties.” As the FAS further reported, this came out in an internal survey, that the measures currently in place are entirely inadequate. Therefore this issue will now be further discussed by the Federal Security Council. –FAZ
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Germany preparing for Emergency Crisis: “Germany is currently on high alert after two Islamist attacks and a shooting rampage by a mentally unstable teenager last month. The population will be obliged to hold an individual supply of food for ten days,” the newspaper quoted the government’s “Concept for Civil Defense” – 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. –Reuters