Germans Told to Stockpile Food, Water for a Disaster

Germans Told to Stockpile Food, Water for  a DisasterGermans Told to Stockpile Food, Water for  a Disaster

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 defense 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 liters per person daily—is advised, BBC reported. The document said “an attack on German territory, requiring conventional defense of the nation, is unlikely”. But, it said, a major security threat to the nation in future could not be ruled out, so civil defense 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, criticized the move, saying “you can completely unsettle people with yet another round of proposals, such as hoarding supplies”.