in the Austrian city best prepared to face the catastrophic scenario of a blackout

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

“The question is not whether it will happen. It’s going to happen, but we don’t know when, and I don’t know how society will react, specifies. We have to become more resilient so that the system does not collapse.” Public order is one of the main risks in the event of a blackout. How to manage an unprepared population, which would quickly find itself without food? In a recent article, the Austrian press revealed that the supermarket chain Spar has even started training its staff in handling potential looting, but the company is not communicating about it…

Guarantee the continuity of police and fire services.

Josef Gsöls, the deputy mayor in charge of the blackout and security, addressed this issue of the riots because he is also a policeman: “During a blackout, supermarkets will make sure to sell all perishable food. Without electricity, in fact there are no boxes or refrigeration system, so instead of spoiling the products, we distribute them. If the population is prepared, informed, we can avoid panic. “ And to ensure the continuity of police and fire services, it is at the fire station that it is happening. Under the orders of Commander Peter Baptist, the emergency center would become the heart of population protection in the event of a prolonged blackout in the entire urban area of ​​Feldbach.

“If there is a power outage, the generator turns on after three minutes, he said. The batteries ensure the power supply during these three minutes, so this plant is permanently powered. We are not in the business of providing emergency power supply, we cannot do that. We have generators in our vehicles but they are all used for interventions. We need to guarantee the safety of the inhabitants and the protection against fires, that we bring help … not electricity.”

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