Energy crisis: Association of towns and municipalities warns of power outages

In view of the uncertainties in the energy supply, the German Association of Towns and Municipalities has called for greater expansion of civil disaster control.

Energy crisis: Association of towns and municipalities warns of power outages

In view of the uncertainties in the energy supply, the German Association of Towns and Municipalities has called for greater expansion of civil disaster control.

"There is a risk of a blackout," said Gerd Landsberg, chief executive of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities, of the "Welt am Sonntag". In his opinion, the preparation for real crisis situations needs to be improved. "That's why we have to expand civil protection much more intensively," he told the newspaper.

Landsberg warned of the risk of "overloading the power grid - for example, if the 650,000 fan heaters sold this year go online if the gas supply fails". This is a realistic scenario.

He pleaded with the citizens to take the recommendations of the federal government for civil protection seriously, according to which citizens should have water and food in the house for several days and pointed out the possible consequences of a large-scale power failure. "Then there is no water, you can't fill up, after two days you can't charge your cell phone. We are in no way prepared for such a scenario," said Landsberg, according to the report.

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