Is a power outage imminent? You must have these supplies at home
If there is a risk of power outages for days, food and drink should be provided for ten days. but that is not all.
- In the event of a power outage threat, people depend on supplies
- But what are the right foods?
- Everyone should have this at home in case disaster strikes
Usually it would be food Available with us around the clock. But what if there is a difficult situation and the supply is at risk, around one o’clock “black out”? The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) recommends one stock on me grocery shop for ten days. This has nothing to do with “hamsters”: while hamster purchases are impulsive and ill-considered, emergency stocks are intentionally created for safe times.
Blackout in Hamburg? These supplies are recommended
First of all, BBK recommends providing 20 liters of drinking water per person for ten days, half a liter of which per day is used for cooking. When it comes to food, it should be noted that it can be stored without refrigeration and is mostly eaten cold. BBK recommends providing 3.5 kilograms of potatoes and grain products such as bread, pasta and rice per person.
Each person should also keep vegetable and legume preserves, such as canned corn or pickled cucumbers, for a total of four kilograms. According to BBK, mainly preserved nuts and fruits also belong in the pantry, and the recommendation here is a total of 2.5 kilograms.
Only buy the groceries you use the most anyway
The Federal Office recommends 2.6 kilograms of milk and dairy products per person, as well as about 1.5 kilograms of fish, meat and, if necessary, eggs. Here you can reach for tuna or bockwurst in a cup with a view to shelf life. Vegetarians recommend tofu and similar meat alternatives instead. Last but not least, BBK recommends a small amount of oil, around 350 grams, and other products such as snacks and sweets are included in the list without specific quantities. Here you must have at home – and this applies to all supplies – what you also like to eat very much.
In general, this emergency pantry costs about 60-70 euros per person – with basic necessities. Foods such as spreads, “nerve foods,” or prepackaged meals are not included in the bill. So that food doesn’t spoil, BBK recommends having a “living supply,” which means: just buy food from the stock you use the most anyway. If something is then used, the reserves can be continually increased without spoiling anything.
Blackout: A battery-powered radio is important
Additionally, BBK recommends placing candles, light bulbs, and matches or lighters in the cupboard in case of an extended power outage. It’s also worth keeping cash on hand, since ATMs won’t work anymore if there’s a major power outage. A battery-operated radio is important for at least access to information – including spare batteries.
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