As part of a prevention plan, Germany is asking people to prepare a food and water stock supply. The contingency plan comes after the recent and repeated terrorist attacks that had taken place in Germany. Another reason is the nuclear race that apparently has restarted since Iran was allowed to continue with its nuclear plan.
If any of the countries with nuclear weapons falls into the hands of terrorists, people would depend on the food and water they have at home to survive. The new plan from Germany’s Interior Ministry requires that all citizens of Germany stockpile ten day’s food supply and five days worth of drinking water. If Germany is attacked no matter the reason, people can shelter inside their homes and survive on their food supply while the government solves the situation.
Missile strikes are also a cause for prevention protocols. This is the first time Germany sets a similar requirement since the Cold War.
Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters the actions to prevent an attack are not a response to a particular threat. He added that older concepts regarding security measures and waiting for a crisis to happen to adopt new protocols would be irresponsible.
Reuters reports that Berlin announced earlier this month that it would spend considerably more on its police and security forces and in the creation of a special unit to counter cyber crime and terrorism.
A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said the contingency plan, which is a 69-page report, is being discussed by the cabinet today. The report will also be presented to the minister Wednesday. The report states that the increasing vulnerability of modern infrastructure and the current dependency between modern society and certain resources offer many points of attack. This is the second plan regarding a civil defense that is filed since 1995.
Germany is preparing for World War III, but this time they are trying to defend themselves and not to engage
Merkel’s government adopted a white paper in July that said a classic power politics has reborn, and it increases the risk of war in a near Europe. The paper uses as an example Russia’s invasion of Crimea, Ukraine.
After the Cold War, Germany decommissioned bunkers and dismantled warning sirens. Due to the low guard that Germany adopted after the war, the defense plan also seeks to install a modern warning system and evacuation plans in case an attack or some catastrophe happens in the country.
Bloomberg reports that certain aspects of the report need to be reviewed. Government continuity and everyday services such as public access to cash and waste removal need to be reevaluated.
Germany has suffered several terrorist attacks in the past months, including a machete and an ax attack. A Syrian suicide bomber injured 15 people at a music festival on July 24 and he claimed to be part of ISIS. Time reported that a Syrian refugee killed three people using a machete in that same day.
Two days before those attacks, a teenager opened fire near a mall in Munich and took the life of nine people. Three days before that, a man injured several people on a train using an ax, ISIS pledged that the man was allegiant to the group.
People fear that in the massive wave of refugees that entered to Germany, over a million, ISIS, and other terrorist groups had made their way into the country.