For the first time since the Cold War, the German government plans to ask its citizens to stockpile food and water “to provide better protection for citizens during catastrophes and crises,” according to an article on Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster.
The German cabinet has approved its new “civil defense plan,” which requires German citizens to stockpile emergency supplies in the case of an unlikely event that “could threaten our existence.”
The plan requires Germans store 10 days’ worth of food and 5 days’ worth or drinking water. Cash and medicine should be included as well. The purpose is to help German citizens to get through an emergency situation and get by until government help “kicks in.”
A Reuters report claims: “Germany is currently on high alert after two [terror] attacks and a shooting rampage by a mentally unstable teenager last month.”
But according to the DW article, unconfirmed government sources claim:
“The measures are not a direct result of the recent terror attacks in Germany.”
Germany’s new civil defense plan replaces a previous one drawn up in 1995. DW said the plan warned “the security policy environment has changed again,” and that Germany should be “sufficiently prepared in case of an existence-threatening development in the future, which cannot be ruled out.”
According to unconfirmed news reports, the Czech government has told its “citizens to prepare for the worst.”