A quarter of Austria’s population expects there will be blackouts – prolonged blackouts – this year. The opinion research institute Ipsos of the insurance company Helvetia conducted a survey on how prepared the population is and how serious the fears associated with the crisis scenario are. In any case, 63% generally consider a power outage to be a realistic scenario. According to their own statements, more than half have made provisions so far.
35 percent see blackouts could happen within the next 12 months, and within the next three years, almost half – 14 percent “very” and 35 percent “somewhat likely” – expect outages to last longer . 30 percent, almost a third of the population is afraid of it. 40 percent have little or no fear. Increased crimes such as looting (24 percent), lack of heat (18 percent), lack of food (13 percent) and lack of communication facilities (12 percent) are the top concerns.
Anyway, the topic hits — 98% of the 783 respondents between the ages of 16 and 99 know the term. Nearly two-thirds also feel knowledgeable enough: 14 percent “very well,” and 47 percent “somewhat well.” Only two percent feel “not informed at all”. Eight out of ten respondents consider the electricity crisis to be serious, and almost a third consider it very. Only seven percent consider power outages to be relatively harmless or not very harmful. But 70 percent also see “hype” and profiteering. 68 percent identify a lot of fake news in this context.
And 54 percent stated that precautionary measures have already been taken in their homes. Food (60 percent), water (37 percent), and gas ovens or grills (22 percent) were mentioned spontaneously. In the required query, alternative lighting came first (70 percent), followed by food and drink supplies (67 percent) and beauty supplies (60 percent). Four out of ten respondents stated that their food supply would last up to a week, only three percent thought the supply would only last one day. 41 percent are “very likely” and 44 percent are “somewhat likely” to help in the neighborhood.
However, only 18 percent agreed to emergency meeting points, only 16 percent prepared emergency bags with a document file, and only 16 percent took IT security precautions. “There is definitely a need to catch up when it comes to arranging meeting points and how all members find their way home,” said Alexander Zeh, study author from Ipsos Austria. Because the light can also go out if not all family members are within their own four walls.