The German government has issued an advisory for citizens to stockpile food and water in case of catastrophe, in what is the first such advisory since the Cold War.
The country is on high alert after two Islamist terror attacks and a shooting rampage by a dual-citizen last month. In light of the heightened state of terror, Berlin has announced that it will be upping the ante on police expenditure and security forces, as well as creating a new special division to handle cybercrime and cyber terror, according to Reuters.
“The population will be obliged to hold an individual supply of food for ten days,” the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung quoted the government’s “Concept for Civil Defence” – which has been prepared by the Interior Ministry.
According to the Sunday Frankfurter article, the parliamentary committee had commissioned the “Concept” article back in 2012.
One Interior Ministry spokesman said the plan would be discussed on Wednesday and presented to the minister later in the afternoon, though he declined to give any further details.
According to the paper, people need to stockpile enough drinking water to last five days.
The 69-page report does not hint at the threat of conventional warfare being the source of the precautionary suggestion, though it does demand that the populace “prepare appropriately for a development that could threaten our existence and cannot be categorically ruled out in the future.”
The report added that in addition to provisions, alarm systems should be installed and the citizenry should show more support for their armed forces.
Germany’s Defence Minister went on record earlier this month in saying that the country is currently in the “crosshairs of terrorism” and that the military should be working more closely with the Polizei forces.
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