Buy a gas stove, stock up on food and water – ordinary citizens operate it safely and stock up on emergency supplies in the face of Ukraine war and power outage scenarios. “More and more people are waking up and realizing how important this is,” says Philipp Natter, managing director of SicherheitSatt. The company, which is based in Wald near Zurich and in Rielasingen in Baden-Württemberg, packages and produces long-life food and also sells emergency preparedness products from other manufacturers. Ships mainly to Germany, but also to all parts of the European Union.
According to Nater, there has been a significant increase in interest in the company’s emergency packages since the beginning of the Corona crisis. In the spring, in the aftermath of the Ukraine war, demand increased again. Since then, he’s settled in at a high level, he says. He does not give exact numbers.
The fact that the topic is now occupying many citizens again can be clearly felt. There are also concerned requests from people seeking advice on social networks such as Twitter or Facebook. “We have wood supplies, petrol stoves and a few cans of petrol,” says a woman from Gundelsheim in Baden-Württemberg via Messenger. She also stocked up on more food, bought water purification tablets, and gas stoves, including cartridges. Another woman from the Karlsruhe region reported that the political situation and the war prompted her to always have “enough drinks, food, candles and everything you need” at home. “Honestly, I am afraid of everything that is going on in the world.”
The citizens’ service of the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) registered more inquiries and widespread interest, a spokesperson for the federal authority said. Similarly, the frequency of requests for an Emergency Preparedness Manual and Correct Actions in Emergency Situations has increased dramatically. And by the way, according to the BBK website, the guide is currently out of print.
A representative poll conducted by Opportunity Research Institute on the Ukraine war speaks for itself. According to this, 38 percent of those surveyed in October had already stocked up on food, “eg to prevent possible power outages,” she says. 49 percent bought energy-saving devices, such as shower heads. Only 17 percent answered: “Nothing” when asked what they were doing as a precaution in light of potential bottlenecks in energy supplies.
But no matter who is asked about their emergency preparedness – they all want to remain anonymous, just like customers order SicherSatt. According to Natter, many are afraid of being prematurely portrayed as “crazy”. The company’s offering is not expressly aimed at hardcore “preparers”, i.e. those who always predict catastrophes everywhere and who almost prepare for the end of the world beyond all realistic scenarios, but at everyday people who simply want to take precautions. However, without anyone noticing. Because if an emergency really does occur, no one wants others to know about their own supplies, Netter explains. Therefore, appreciation is the top priority in his work.
The Stuttgart Interior Ministry is also taciturn when asked and refers to “general information for possible emergencies which can be found on our homepage”. Are citizens increasingly asking about how best to prepare now? A spokesperson for the ministry replied, “No.” dpa
Sausage and pineapple
And crispy bread
According to nutritionist Sabine Holzapfel, the Consumer Advice Center in Baden-Württemberg does not consider it necessary to have private service providers offering their services in case of emergency. You can stock up on supplies regularly – and use them regularly. The Federal Department of Agriculture lists grass-fed bouchurst, pineapple, and sardines in oil, crispbread, and rusks. According to Holzäpfel, it’s important to shop according to your preferences. Moderate provisions for ten days are reasonable. “It never hurts to have something in the house in case something happens.”