According to the SWR research by “Report Mainz”, many regions do not have an action plan for longer blackouts. Nor Göppingen County. However, he feels prepared.
In the event of a large-scale power outage, the district can rely on public warning and action plans, says Christian Kredenweiss. The head of the Legal and Organizational Office of the Göppingen District Office said in an interview with SWR on Tuesday that the so-called administrative staff will be held in the event of a disaster. There is also an administrative staff with, for example, fire brigades, rescue services and the Technical Relief Agency (THW).
In the event of a power outage, the water supply can also be cut off
If the power is out for a long time, the water pumps of the water plants may also fail. After that, the fire brigade will be active in the Göppingen district. Already treated drinking water from elevated tanks can be distributed to people by firefighters, but only in metered quantities.
Utilize gas stations for hospital emergency operations
According to Kreidenweiß, providing fuel to hospitals is also on the agenda of the administration staff. Hospitals are given a 25-hour supply of fuel, after which the supplier will be able to supply fuel for about a day and a half. In order to maintain emergency operations in hospitals, the next step will be for the Civil Protection to make use of gas stations.
Wireless and satellite communication
According to Kreidenweiß, the civil protection itself has an emergency power supply in the disaster control room and can keep in touch via satellite phones and radio. Although not every small community has a satellite phone, contact with the authorities can be maintained at least through the fire brigade’s radio link. In the event of a prolonged power outage, the region relies on the cooperation of all municipalities and authorities.
Supermarkets must provide emergency food
The district of Göppingen recommends that municipalities set up emergency meeting points for residents. They can be used, for example, to make emergency calls in medical emergencies and exchange information. According to Kreidenweiß, the emergency meeting point can also be used as a place to keep warm in winter and as a place for grocery deliveries. The county does not stockpile any food in the event of a disaster, but spoiled food must then be brought “from supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries and butcher shops” through civil protection and distributed to residents in need, says Kreidenweiß. Also among the needy were those who would not stock up on their own in case of disaster.