The Government publishes a list of basic products to survive for ten days
At least 20 liters of liquids such as water and juices, 3.5 kilos of bread, potatoes, pasta and rice, as well as 2.5 kilos of fruit and nuts, preferably canned, recommends the German Ministry of the Interior to have permanently stored in an emergency pantry at home. That would be the collection per person to survive ten days in cases of catastrophe, from a pandemic such as the one suffered with coronavirus to a case of prolonged failure of critical infrastructure, going through wars, earthquakes or floods that can leave someone isolated in their home.
The list with the emergency pantry published periodically by the Federal Office for Disaster Relief also includes, and always per person, four kilos of canned vegetables and dried legumes, 2.6 kilos of long-term dairy products, as well as 1.5 kilos of meat, fish, sausage and eggs, as well as oil, sugar, salt and flour in unspecified quantities. All the products that they recommend keeping at home for a critical situation that can last up to a week and a half must be long-term, although they must be checked regularly to replace those that are about to expire.
The German Minister of the Interior, the Social Democrat Nancy Faeser, reiterated on May 1 the advice to make preventive and permanent collection of these foods and liquids, on that occasion due to the war in Ukraine. Also at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the German executive made a similar appeal. “Think for example of a cyberattack on critical infrastructure,” Faeser told the “Handelsblatt” newspaper a month ago, in which he stressed that “if there is a long power outage” or daily life is drastically limited by a catastrophe, “It is advisable to have an emergency pantry at home.”
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