In the event that the power is already out in the winter, it is advisable to make some preparations. We show things that should be in the house.
The Association of German Cities and Municipalities has warned of widespread power outages in the winter of 2022/23. Specifically, the head of the city council, Gerd Landsberg, fears that the power grid “will be overloaded – for example if 650,000 fan heaters sold this year are connected to the grid. Gas supply failureHe was quoted as saying world on Sunday. In his opinion, the risk of blackouts in Germany is definitely identified. The federal government has revised this scenario with reference to a recently conducted stress test – even if “crisis situations from time to time” cannot be completely ruled out. Energy experts such as Christoph Maurer of the consulting firm Konsentec see Germany as well-armed: “Fear is very much about creating panic,” said the expert. nv.
If you still want to be prepared for an emergency, you must take precautions. We show the effects that blackouts can have on your supply of food, heat, light, and items that can help you in an emergency. You will also know what emergency supplies to have in the house to get through a power outage.
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What happens if the electricity goes out in Germany?
If there are so-called blackouts or widespread blackouts in Germany, not only will the apartment remain dark. In addition to refrigerators and freezers, heating can also malfunction and get very cold. Drinking water often does not come out of the tap. ATMs no longer spend money, card payments don’t work, and supermarkets, pharmacies and gas stations remain closed. Food and drink can quickly become scarce.
But not only the supply of food, light and heat threatens to fail in the event of a prolonged power outage. Communication also gives up when the mobile phone battery is dead, the WLAN and the laptop and landline phone are not working, and the TV and radio are idle.
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Tips for preparing for a power outage
However, you can prepare well for many of the situations mentioned. The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) gives recommendations on its website on items and foodstuffs that can be useful in the event of a power outage:
- Create emergency stock: The BKK recommends that you store your food and drink supplies for at least 10 days. This also includes 2 liters of liquid per person per day. If you have pets, also remember to stock up on appropriate supplies of food, bedding, etc Here we offer a checklist of large enough emergency supplies.
- Batteries: Keep charged replacement batteries or power banks for cell phones, laptops and phones ready for emergencies. Solar battery chargers can be a real help.
- cash reserves: Also, remember to have cash on hand in case the ATMs stop working.
- emergency radio: Get a wind-powered radio or a battery-operated radio with spare batteries to keep track of government communications in an emergency.
- Camping stove, garden grill or table: if the power goes out, You can also prepare the dishes on a camping stove or grill (outdoors!). Prepare gas and coal for this.
- Flashlight, candles and matches/lighter or camping lamp Provides you with light during a power outage. Think of batteries or fuels like petroleum. Flashlights are also available in solar or crank versions, which operate independently of batteries.
- Wood, charcoal and briquettes for stoves.
- Blankets and warm clothes keep warm for a while.
It’s always good to have it at home: one Well stocked pharmacy as well as a An emergency bag with the most important documents and clothes.