Stock up on bottled water and canned goods, official tells Germans — RT Business News

Stock up on bottled water and canned goods, official tells Germans — RT Business News
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Such supplies can be useful in the event of power cuts, the head of the Civil Protection Agency said.

German residents should prepare for short-term power cuts this winter, the director of the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief (BBK), Ralph Tiesler, warned in an interview with the media. Welt am Sonntag.

We have to assume that there will be power cuts this winter. By this I mean a regional and temporary interruption of the power supply. The cause will not only be energy shortages, but also the temporary and targeted shutdown of the networks by the operators, with the aim of protecting the networks and not endangering the global supply.said Tiesler. He noted that the risk of outages will be higher in January and February.

According to the official, local authorities in many German municipalities are prepared for the possibility of power outages, having drawn up precise plans and purchased emergency generators to ensure the power supply. However, some municipalities are in a much worse situation, he added.

We expect short-term power outages rather than large-scale, long-lasting power outages. But good preparation is important for this too,he pointed out.

Tiesler advised residents and officials to prepare for such events, primarily by stocking up on supplies.

Mainly water, several crates and canned food. That would be enough for ten days. This is what my agency recommends… Our message is: prepare yourself first. Be prepared for possible crises, don’t assume everything will be readily available all the timehe said, adding that in addition to food and water for several days, residents should buy radios and battery-operated candles.

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Tiesler noted that his agency has a list of suggestions for residents to prepare for emergencies such as power outages on its official website.

Germany faces the prospect of blackouts due to dwindling gas supplies from Russia. While it initially wanted to gradually decouple its economy from Russian gas, flow from Russia was curtailed much earlier than expected due to Ukraine-related sanctions and the September explosions that rendered the Nord Stream gas pipeline inoperative. 1, a key route for Russian gas to reach Europe. Although gas storage facilities in the country are nearly full, experts are still concerned that this stockpile may not be enough to sustain the country through the winter.

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