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Blackout - What to do in the event of a power failure?

Published on 03/21/2019, by Stefanie Schöneberger

Fortunately, major power outages rarely happen in Germany, but these cannot be completely ruled out. In 2005, for example, due to a devastating snow chaos, around 250,000 German citizens were completely without electricity for three to five days until they could be temporarily supplied with emergency power generators. Last month part of Berlin was cut off from the power supply for around 30 hours due to a cable damage. The thought of having to do without electricity for several days, especially in winter, can cause some serious worries. But for such situations, no matter how rare, you can prepare yourself with simple means. We'll show you how!

Even a power failure, which would only last about 24 hours, can bring beads of sweat to the forehead of some: a non-working cell phone or computer can have devastating consequences these days in the age of continuous availability. But a power failure itself switches off other devices that we take for granted every day, such as the supply of warm water, the freezing and cooling of our food, public transport, petrol stations, the possibility of cashless payments or even being able to withdraw money. So what can you do to keep a cool head just in case?

Have a small supply of food and drink at home

The main focus here is on keeping a small supply of drink, as tap water may not be available in an emergency. In case of doubt, the human body can go some time without food, an estimated 3 weeks, but only for a few days without sufficient fluids. The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid (BBK) therefore recommends that an estimated supply of liquid and food be stored at home for around 10 days at all times. For the food supply, of course, foods that do not need to be refrigerated are recommended, such as canned food. A small camping stove can be used without electricity and allows you to warm up your food. When buying a camping stove, however, make sure that it can also be used in closed rooms (it is imperative that you adhere to the device's specifications in order not to endanger your health or possibly cause a house fire!). If you have a cooler bag, this can temporarily help you to keep food that perishes quickly fresh.

Do not forget to have special medication or special food in stock

If you or someone in your household needs special food or medication, these should also be available as a small supply. For example, a diabetic may need special food or medication, or the needs of an allergy sufferer may have to be taken into account.

The needs of our four-legged friends should also be thought of

Do not forget to always have some food for your four-legged friends or other pets in stock so that they do not have to go hungry in case of doubt and have sufficient water available.

Provide alternative light sources

With a small supply of candles, lighters and matches you can provide some light in the event of a power failure. Pay attention to the risk of fire when using them and never leave candles unattended - not even in the event of a power failure! Likewise, you can never go wrong with a flashlight and a small supply of batteries or accumulators. There are also flashlights that are operated with a small crank and therefore do not require batteries. If your home has a fireplace, you should also have some fuel on hand so that you can provide light and warmth in case of doubt.

Warm clothes against the cold

Should a power failure occur during the colder months of the year, sufficient warm clothing can help against blue lips. You should also have a few blankets on hand so that you can bridge the time without heating.

Have a small supply of cash on hand

Since the ATMs and cashless payment transactions are not available in the event of a power failure, it is advisable to have a nest egg ready at home. If in doubt, you can use this to buy something in the small corner shop in your neighborhood - because all larger supermarkets will be closed in the event of a power failure, as their registers would not be functional.

Put your phone on airplane mode

Since you cannot charge your mobile phone from the socket during a power failure, it is advisable, as long as you do not need it, to switch it to power-saving and flight mode in order to save valuable battery power. In this way you can ensure that you can be reached for longer or that you can make a call in an emergency. A power bank could serve as an alternative, but it must be charged in advance. In addition, there are now even solar cell batteries, which can be particularly helpful during the summer. It can be just as important to write down important phone numbers - old-fashioned - on a piece of paper so that they are available in the event that your cell phone battery runs out. The telephone number of your energy supplier could be important, for example, in order to find out about the length and type of the fault.


Of course, we hope that you will never come into a situation in which our tips can be helpful. However, it never hurts to think about possible precautions and, if necessary, to secure them so that you and your loved ones are well cared for and safe in an emergency.

Stefanie Schöneberger

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