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

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The Association of Towns and Municipalities warns of power outages

According to the Association of Cities, the power grid could be overloaded.  Photo: Sebastian Gollnow/dpa

According to the Association of Cities, the power grid could be overloaded. photo

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The chief executive of the Association of Towns and Municipalities considers a blackout to be a realistic scenario. The federal recommendations on civil protection should therefore be taken seriously, said Landsberg.

The German city and community federation has called for a greater expansion of civil disaster control in view of the uncertainties in the energy supply.

"There is a risk of a blackout," said Gerard Landsberg, Chief Executive of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities, 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 federal recommendations for civil protection seriously, according to which citizens should have water and food in the house for several days and pointed to the possible consequences of a large-scale power outage there. "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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