in the Austrian city are well prepared for the disaster scenario of a power failure

Feldbach is considered the best prepared city in Austria for the blackout. And it owes that to its mayor, Josef Ober, who decided a few years ago to invest and make his fellow citizens aware of this catastrophe scenario. A process not always well understood. “At first we weren’t taken seriously. Then, in March 2020, with the first lockdown, awareness jumped. Something unusual happened and people realized we weren’t prepared for it.”the city councilor explains to the magazine “We, the Europeans” (repeat).

“The question is not whether it will happen. It will happen, but we don’t know when and I don’t know how society will react. he specifies. We need to become more resilient so the system doesn’t collapse.” Public order is one of the biggest risks in a blackout. How to deal with an unprepared populace that quickly runs out of food? In a recent article, the Austrian press revealed that the Spar supermarket chain has even started training its employees to deal with possible looting, but the company does not communicate on the issue…

Ensure the continuity of police and fire services

Josef Gsöls, the deputy mayor in charge of blackout and security, has grappled with this issue of the riots because he’s also a police officer: “During a power outage, supermarkets will ensure all perishable food is sold. In fact, without electricity there are no tills or refrigeration systems, so we distribute the products instead of spoiling them. If the population is prepared and informed, we can avoid panic. “ And to ensure the continuity of the police and fire services, this is done in the fire station. Under the command of Commander Peter Baptist, the emergency call center would become the heart of the protection of the population in the entire city of Feldbach in the event of a longer outage.

“In the event of a power failure, the generator starts up after three minutes, he said. Batteries ensure the power supply during these three minutes, so that this system is permanently supplied with electricity. We’re not in the backup power business, we can’t. We have generators in our vehicles, but they are all used for intervention. We have to ensure the safety of the residents and fire safety, that we bring help… no electricity.”

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