How prepared is Austria for a power outage? This was surveyed by the opinion research institute Ipsos for the local insurance company Helvetia.
Vienna (OTS) – The term blackout has reached the general public – and the results of the study clearly confirm this. The vast majority of 783 Austrians surveyed between the ages of 16 and 99 reported that 98 percent knew the term blackouts. Almost two-thirds feel sufficiently informed: 14 percent consider themselves well-informed, and 47 percent are rather well-informed. Only 2% of those surveyed felt they were not informed at all.
Nearly a third of residents, 30 percent, said they feared a power outage. 40 percent have fewer or no fears. Spontaneously, the possible increase in crimes such as looting (24%), lack of heating (18%), lack of food (13%) and lack of means of communication (12%) were cited as the main concerns.
80% consider power outages to be dangerous
A total of eight out of ten respondents consider a power outage to be dangerous, and nearly a third (30%) consider it extremely dangerous. Only seven percent say the scenario is relatively safe or very safe.
According to the study, when asked about the probability of a blackout, it increases: the greater the time horizon, the more likely the respondents are to estimate the blackout. A quarter (25%) think a blackout could happen this year, while 35% think it could happen within the next twelve months. In the next three years, almost half of Austrians (14% very likely and 35% more likely) expect to see prolonged power outages.
A total of 63 percent consider a power outage a realistic scenario. However, at the same time, 70 percent of those surveyed agree that there is a real buzz about it and that people’s fears are being exploited to do business. 68 percent identify a lot of scenario-related fake news.
More than half of them have taken precautionary measures against power outages
If the vast majority of Austrians are well aware of blackouts, consider it a realistic scenario and the possibility of it increasing in the future – how do Austrians prepare? This was also surveyed in the Helvetia study: 54 percent stated that precautionary measures had already been taken in their household. In the automatic label, this applies above all to food (60%), water (37%) and gas ovens or grills (22%). In the auxiliary query, alternative lighting fell to first place at 70 percent, followed by food and beverage stocks at 67 percent and beauty supplies stocks at 60 percent. The study results underscore the importance of preparation: four in ten Austrians (43%) state that they can have their food supply for up to a week, while only 3% think the supply is only enough for one day.
However, the study also shows the need for catching up: Only 18 percent agreed on emergency meeting points, only 16 percent prepared emergency bags with a document folder, and only 16 percent took IT security precautions. “The respondents have already taken good precautions to ensure that their households run as smoothly as possible in an emergency. Less attention is paid to the possibility that you or your loved ones might not be within your own four walls in the event of a blackout. “There is definitely a need to catch up when it comes to arranging meeting points and how all members find their way home,” explains study author Mag-Alexander Zeh of Ipsos Austria.
80 percent will provide neighborhood assistance
Although fear of increased crime in the event of a power outage was cited as the biggest fear, 41 percent of those surveyed said they were very likely and 44 percent were somewhat likely to offer to help neighbors. These figures also emphasize the experiences of other disasters – people support and help each other. After all, more than eight out of ten are willing to rush in to help those close to them,” says Zeh, cataloging the results.
Insurance interruption is not excluded
How should the Austrians prepare for a possible blackout on supplies? “Insurers also make an important contribution here,” Helvetia CEO Thomas Neusiedler says with certainty. Because current insurance solutions do not explicitly exclude obfuscation. “You don’t even have to have your own blackout insurance. It’s even more important to increase your knowledge of essential blackout insurance and what coverage looks like.”
Catch-up is needed here, as study results show. More than 40 percent of those surveyed said that refrigerated goods are insured in the event of a power outage. If electronics are damaged during a power outage, one-fourth only assumes that those devices are also insured. »
With house and house insurance, my possessions are protected — even if the power goes out. In addition, it protects liability against possible consequential damages to third parties, which also should not be ignored in the event of a blackoutcontinues Thomas Neusiedler.
Well insured with comprehensive home, accident and vehicle insurance
In addition to home insurance, Neusiedler explains the importance of accident insurance when electronic lights stop working, as well as comprehensive insurance when cars are on the road without traffic lights.
Subjectively, respondents correctly rate basic insurancesWerner Pannhauser, Head of Sales and Marketing at Helvetia Austria, continued to present the results. “More than 50 percent of those surveyed consider family insurance, legal protection and accident insurance necessary in the event of a power outage. We see things similarly, but not quite as well as those surveyed. Our recommendation to private clients in the event of a power outage is: Comprehensive home, accident and vehicle insurance.
Obfuscation is also suitable for corporate clients
However, this does not only affect ordinary individuals, companies must also check their insurance and operate it safely, especially in the field of primary insurance and business interruption insurance.
We also work closely with our sales department and actively inform our partners about the problem of power outages. Insurance protection is already available in many solutions, it must be recognized and reported – our brokers also have an educational mandate here, ”reports Head of Sales Werner Panhauser.
You can also find this media release on the website www.helvetia.at.
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