Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Visser (SPD) has had nationals lately It is advised to take precautions in the event of a crisis. “If the power goes out for a longer period of time or daily life is otherwise restricted, it certainly makes sense to have an emergency supply at home.” Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) also emphasized that it makes sense to have emergency supplies ready, but at the same time warned against buying hamsters.
Survey: Most citizens did not take precautions
A recent survey by opinion research institute YouGov showed: More than two-thirds of Germans did not take possible emergency measures. Susanne Frist from Thuringia did not store food that could be kept for several weeks. “But I’m going to ramp it up a little bit now, because of course politics scares us a little bit now,” she says. that The Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance offers a food checklist Reasonable amounts per person. Now Susan Frist wants to orient herself in this matter and go shopping accordingly.
“Now I will have to go shopping for ten days: cereals and cereal products, 3.5 kilos. That’s an awful amount, I think. Legumes and vegetables, four kilos, fruit and nuts, 2.5 kilos, milk and dairy products, 2.6 kilos.” Both Currently exponential increases in grocery prices The creation of emergency supplies is associated with not very large expenses.
Stock up gradually
Susan Frist makes her way to the supermarket. An hour later her shopping cart was full and her wallet empty. “Now I was shopping for €180 but actually only had a fraction of what was in it – but you have to get the rest little by little,” she says. When shopping, Susan Frist strictly adhered to the official checklist. But for some products, the shelves were almost empty. So when she bought some products – like sunflower oil – the cheaper versions were no longer available and she had to turn to the more expensive alternative. “It was the same with toilet paper—again—the cheaper brand or store-bought brand is gone, and now I’ve practically bought the more expensive brand.”
How much stock makes sense?
Psychologist Hans-Georg Hausel from Munich is an expert in neuromarketing and brain research. He himself has food for 14 days at home. “Well, that makes sense, because sometimes you never know what’s going to happen. The electricity can be out for a long time. The water can be out for a long time. We don’t know and we have a supply in the house for a couple of weeks, I think that’s very rational behavior,” he said. Howsell.
Use and replenish supplies
Stefan Spiegelsberger from Waging am See in Upper Bavaria in Traunstein is a civil protection specialist and works on a voluntary basis for the Federal Agency for Technical Relief. He runs his own YouTube channel about crisis prevention. He explains that rather than obtaining all supplies at once, it makes more sense to stock up on them gradually. “Just take a can with you every time you go shopping, take a can of water with you, maybe take spaghetti with you. And sometime after a few weeks you suddenly realize I now have a real supply.” It is especially important not to leave supplies lying around, but to constantly replenish them and use what has already been stored. “For example, if I buy water again – I take the water, store it and take a bottle out of storage so that it is almost always rotated,” explains Spiegelsberger.
Great demand from online stores
Ready stocking packages can also be ordered online and delivered to your home – even with organic quality. Crisis prevention is also a good business. There are no specific sales figures. However, there are several indications that the industry is currently booming.
The international company Convar in Pirmasens produces long-life foods with a shelf life of at least ten years. Biscuits, sausages, bread, vegetables and ready meals: everything is packaged. Not only commercial customers like the military are provided. Private individuals also store here. Demand has increased, as Ralph Hensel of Convar Europe confirms: “People are becoming more aware of the subject than in the past, and it has sometimes been so strong that in the last three months we have achieved 80 percent of the previous year’s sales.”
There is a fine line between reasonable emergency supplies and buying a hamster
Crisis prevention is the order of the day, but there is a fine line between making reasonable emergency supplies and buying a hamster. “When time becomes uncertain, we feel fear and then emotions actually take hold in our heads. The mind that sits here is somewhat turned off,” explains psychologist Hans-Georg Hausel. “And it gets really bad when I suddenly see that the shelves are empty and that other people also want what I want – and then some kind of basic aggression comes out. I fight to survive and take a lot with me, than I really need.”