Prevention rather than anxiety
The district government of Münster and the district of Borken have started a campaign to prepare us for a longer power outage. “Caution rather than worry” is the motto. For example, a small supply should be made, but please do not buy a hamster.
If the doors of supermarkets do not open as usual due to an emergency such as a power outage, we must be prepared, but not panic. “Hamster purchases” i.e. large, quick purchases that ransack the supermarket are not necessary! We can simply take one more canister with us and store it every time we go shopping. Supplies that would last for 10 days in an emergency are sufficient. Water supply is the most important thing! 2 liters per person per day is sufficient. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture even has one Presentation calculator Created, where we can calculate our personal inventory for 1 – 28 days.
This does not happen during a power outage:
When there is a blackout, many of us first of all think that it will be dark. There is no light and a few candles unfortunately not enough in the long run. What we can really expect during a power outage:
- Communication systems fail – no phone, no internet, hence no emergency calls
- No drinking water supply
- No radio or TV
- Refrigeration systems failure (refrigerator, freezer, etc.), food spoilage
- In the absence of functioning payment systems, freezers and entry doors in supermarkets, stores can remain closed
- Automated teller machines and electronic payment systems are out of order
- The gas pumps at the gas stations are not working and there is no fuel
- All public transportation has been disrupted
- Lack of street lighting systems and traffic lights
- Lack of ventilation in the tunnels, the tunnels must be closed
- Traffic deadlock
- Broken supply and cold chains
- Critical IT systems fail
- The health system is weak, hospitals are running on emergency generators
- Elevator failure
- Failure of alarm systems
- Electronic devices can no longer be charged
- Non-disposal of waste and sanitation and non-cleaning of toilets
Previously back up contacts:
Without electricity and batteries, we can no longer access our contacts as easily as we used to. But we can prepare well for this by recording the most important information in writing in advance. The following contact details may be important:
- Close family members, friends and important acquaintances
- Local emergency contacts (family doctor, nursing service, medical service on call, hospital, rescue station, police station, nearest fire station, pharmacy emergency service, etc.)
- Service providers and suppliers (electricity providers, utilities, telephone company, etc.)
- Who or what could be or become important
To prepare for this energy crisis and possible power outages, the Borken district has set up “emergency information points” which are manned by rescue workers from the fire brigade in case of a longer power outage or a complete breakdown of the telephone network. You can find the addresses of our Emergency Information Points here.
Think of others:
Of course, we must inform ourselves in time, but we must not forget our loved ones. So before it gets to this point, we should talk to our children or our closest relatives about it and make it clear to them that there is no reason to panic. We must also not forget our pets when preparing. Even with supplies and no Animal Feed & Co. forget. You can find out how to prepare our favorites here.