In the wake of numerous terrorist attacks throughout the European Union, the German government is getting ready to release a plan that will ask its citizens to stockpile emergency food, water reserves, and supplies for at least 10 days. The move comes as Germany is facing a wave of terrorist threats and social unrest from citizens who are concerned the country is being invaded by the Muslim world.
For the first time since the Cold War, the German government is taking the unprecedented act of telling its citizens to prepare for a disaster that could “threaten our existence”. According to The German News Organization TagesSchau, the federal government is in the process of detailing plans that will urge the public to take steps to prepare themselves in the case of a large-scale terrorist attacks or civil unrest.
Reuters confirmed the order and reported:
Germany is currently on high alert after two Islamist attacks and a shooting rampage by a mentally unstable teenager last month. Berlin announced measures earlier this month to spend considerably more on its police and security forces and to create a special unit to counter cyber crime and terrorism.
“The population will be obliged to hold an individual supply of food for ten days,” the newspaper quoted the government’s “Concept for Civil Defence” – which has been prepared by the Interior Ministry.
The precautionary measures urge the German Public to “prepare appropriately for a development that could threaten our existence.”
A spokesman for the Germany Interior Ministry said the plans are currently being discussed by the cabinet and will be presented by the minister later in the week. He declined to give any details on specific content in the plan.
While the official plan has not been released, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told a group of schoolchildren that Germany must be prepared to react if water or food reserves were poisoned, or if oil and gas supplies were interrupted.
Earlier this year, before the vote for independence in the UK, a plan detailing how top German government officials were trying to create a European Union army was leaked online. Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain’s UKIP, warned that leaders within the EU were using crisis situations, such as the conflict with Russia, to scare the public into believing that they need to allow the EU to build a European army.
“We ourselves in the European Union provoked the conflict through our territorial expansionism in the Ukraine. We poked the Russian bear with a stick, and unsurprisingly, Putin reacted. But this now is to be used as an opportunity to build a European army… And Mr. Juncker said, we must convey to Russia that we are serious. Who do you think you are kidding, Mr. Juncker?”.
The parliamentary head of the Die Linke party, Dietmar Bartsch, seemed to echo Nigel Farag’s warning from earlier in the year saying, “you can completely unsettle people with yet another round of proposals, such as hoarding supplies”.
The Greens’ deputy parliamentary leader, Konstantin von Notz, took a more common sense approach saying that he thought it was prudent to update civil defence advice which had not been changed since 1995.
But he warned against mixing up possible military or terrorist scenarios, saying “I can’t see any attack scenario that merits a stockpiling of supplies by the population”.