Germany has told its citizens to stockpile 10 days of food and water. Do they know something that we don’t?
For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government plans to tell citizens to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or a catastrophe, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported on Sunday.
Citing the government’s “Concept for Civil Defense” paper to be discussed by the cabinet on Wednesday, the government will require the people to stock 10 days’ worth of food and five days’ worth of drinking water.
The civil defense strategy would require citizens to have a sufficient supply of food, water, energy, money and medicine to wait out a period until the state would be able to initiate a response to a catastrophe or attack.
The 69-page report does not see an attack on Germany’s territory, which would require a conventional style of national defense, as likely.
However, the precautionary measures demand that people “prepare appropriately for a development that could threaten our existence and cannot be categorically ruled out in the future,” the paper cited the report as saying.
A spokesperson from the interior ministry declined to comment on the contents of the paper until Wednesday’s press conference.