Germany Getting Ready To Institute Doomsday Stockpiling of Food and Water?

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

According to a report published in Sunday’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, the German government appears to be preparing to issue a new order that would require all German households to have a stockpile of food and water to last up to ten days should a doomsday attack hit the country. It sounds a bit extreme, but it actually resurfaces some Cold War policies.

The 69-page “Concept for Civil Defense” plan, laid out by the Interior Ministry, states the “population will be obliged to hold an individual supply of food for ten days” in order to “prepare appropriately for a development that could threaten our existence and cannot be categorically ruled out in the future.”

While the first signs of the plan for a civil defense strategy originally appeared back in 2012, the newly released documents come at a time when Germany is on high alert after a string of terror attacks in recent weeks.

An Interior Ministry spokesman commented that a proposed defense plan would be a topic of discussion by the cabinet on Wednesday morning and then presented by the minister that afternoon, but confirmed details were not disclosed.

If such an extreme plan is put into effect, its unclear how strictly the requirement would be enforced or if it will instead just be an official recommendation.

Sources: Reuters

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Stephen Fuchs
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