The German government has given the green light to a new civil defence plan intended to prepare the country in the event of terrorism, cyberwarfare and attacks on critical infrastructure.
The plan contains guidelines on preparation for and conduct during emergency situations, some of which may require legislative changes.
- Guidelines for government conduct in emergency situations including technical and personnel provisions and rules on how to issue warnings to the public in the case of an acute threat.
- A requirement for civilians to stockpile food and water for use during emergencies: food to last for a period of 10 days and water to last for a period of five days.
- Procedures that would allow the government to intervene in food production and distribution.
- Security requirements for the operators of critical infrastructures such as water and electricity supply facilities.
- Guidelines on the performance of minor civil duties in support of the military, such as directing traffic, delivering post and providing fuel and accommodation.
- Guidelines for the construction of wells in highly-populated areas that are independent of the central water supply.
- Guidelines to ensure that hospitals have the capacity to provide inpatient care in large-scale emergency situations and can provide medical supplies for a period of more than two weeks.
- Guidelines on how banks can provide the public with cash if branches and cash machines are inaccessible.
Germany's new civil defence plan is a "major step" towards preparing authorities and the public for changing security threats, the country's interior minister said Wednesday, as he dismissed reports about the return of military conscription.