Is it possible to live without electricity

No electricity? : What should I always have in the house?

Power outages are rare. Luckily. Because hardly anyone is prepared to go for days without electricity. Most of the time, the most necessary things are missing.

In order to be able to receive announcements and information, you should definitely have a battery-operated radio at home. But that alone is not enough, warn disaster relief workers. The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid (BBK) recommends everyone to have “a solid foundation” for possible emergencies. Because if the power fails, all mains-operated devices no longer work. These include alarm clocks, water heaters, radios, lights, stoves, telephones, computers, elevators and ATMs. With the elimination of electronic devices, access to many documents is also difficult. But a document folder with important printed documents should be stored safely anyway, the experts advise.

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You should have enough food, medicine and cash in the house to support the family for three to four days. In the opinion of the experts, camping stoves are also useful in order to be able to warm up food, drinks and water in the event of a power failure. Also think of candles, matches, lighters, flashlight and batteries to avoid sitting in the dark in the blackout. Heating facilities, warm blankets and fuels help protect against hypothermia in winter.

In the opinion of the authority, a sufficient supply of food is particularly important, especially if the emergency lasts longer: At least 24 liters of water per person are necessary to feed themselves for 14 days, advises the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief. In addition to drinking water, the water should also be used to cook food. Because frozen products only have a limited shelf life in the event of a power failure, you should also stock up on long-life foods: crispbread, rusks, pasta, rice, potatoes, canned goods, fruit, dried fruit, 3.7 kilograms of long-life milk and dairy products (hard cheese), 1 , 7 kilograms of fish, meat, eggs, long-life preserves, 0.5 kilograms of fats and oils as well as sugar, sweeteners, salt, biscuits, jam, honey, dry products or ready-made soups belong in the storage cellar.

You also have to think about medication, warns the BBK. Bandages, individually necessary medication, painkillers, clinical thermometers, remedies for diarrhea and colds are useful, disinfectants, tweezers or scissors also belong in the medicine cabinet. And because life goes on even in the event of a power failure, you should not least think of the little things: soap, detergent, oral care items, household paper or toilet paper. Because when you run out of toilet paper, life becomes really difficult.

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