Germans take courses to learn how to cope in the event of a power outage

What was once a sci-fi movie scenario, the prospect of blackouts in Europe’s biggest economy has now become a possible threat amid the current energy crisis, Reuters reports.

In this context, an increasing number of Germans have started taking courses on how to act if they find themselves in a situation of power failure.

“If the electricity goes out, then nothing works. And we need to understand what that phrase really means,” said Birgitt Eberlin, an instructor who works for the charity Workers’ Samaritan Federation (ASB).

In these situations, simple tasks like cooking, hydrating or caring for pets, or ringing a neighbor’s doorbell become a challenge.

That’s why charities in Germany have started offering free courses on the subject, on behalf of BBK, the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief.

At the headquarters of the charity Workers’ Samaritan Federation (ASB) on the outskirts of Berlin, Birgitt Eberlin explains the basics to her students, including that they should have candles, matches and lamps ready, then turn off the lights and the rest of the course takes place by candlelight.

“Three generations ago, people knew what it was like to live without electricity. Now we realize that we can barely function without electricity,” says Albrecht Broemme, a former Berlin firefighter who was called back from retirement to help put in place the infrastructure for the pandemic, and later for the arrival of Ukrainian refugees.

The Federal Network Agency in Germany has warned that it is possible to rationalize natural gas in winter, after Russia cut Germany’s energy supply, following the invasion of Ukraine, writes Reuters, quoted by Agerpres.

However, with nearly full gas tanks and unusually hot weather for this time of year, Germany is hoping to avoid unexpected power outages.

Editor: Liviu Cojan

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