Merkel to Urge Germans Stockpile Emergency Supplies in Case of ‘Catastrophe’

Merkel to Urge Germans Stockpile Emergency Supplies in Case of ‘Catastrophe’

According to the liberal-conservative German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS), the German government has plans to urge population stockpile 10 days’ worth of food and water in case of a “catastrophe.”

It is the first time Germans may have to set aside mandatory emergency supplies since the Cold War. The European country has been recently swept by two terrorist attacks and a mass killing by a mentally-ill teen, but who apparently had no ties with the ISIS.

As a result, Berlin has poured more funds into the country’s security forces and unveiled a plan to create an anti-terrorist unit specialized in cyber crime and online terrorism earlier this month.

FAS cited a 69-page document dubbed “Concept for Civil Defense” which has been reportedly drafted by the German Interior Ministry:

“The population will be obliged to hold an individual supply of food for ten days.”

The paper added that the measure had been first considered in 2012.

A representative from the Interior Ministry confirmed the plan and added that it will be finalized Wednesday and presented to the public by the minister the same day. The ministry declined to comment of the contents of the document.

Under the new plan, every German will be required to set aside enough drinking water for at least five days and food supplies for 10 days. Additionally, German households will be required to prepare an emergency supply of energy and cash.

The document explains that the precautionary measures are needed in case of a “catastrophe.” It says nothing of an attack or natural disaster.

The document also cites a “development that could threaten our existence and cannot be categorically ruled out in the future,” as another reason for the civil defense strategy.

The German government has also plans to build a better alarm system, strengthen its current emergency care system, and beef up structural protection of key buildings. Armed civilian forces will benefit from state support, according to the document.

Several days ago, the country’s Defense Minister noted that Germany is currently situated in the “crosshairs of terrorism.” The minister encouraged the military to closely collaborate with the police and prepare together for future terrorist attacks.

 

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