Blackout – Wie gut sind wir Hessen auf ohne Strom vorbereitet? | dokuJan 26, 2022
SUBTITLE: Hessischer Rundfunk SUBTITLE: Hessischer Rundfunk Suddenly nothing works anymore. February 2019, in Berlin-KĂ¶penick it is completely dark. A
blackoutparalyzes the district for 31 hours. I stood at the cash register, suddenly everything turned off, the doors closed, and we had to immediately leave everything. Blackout in New York too. In June 2019, even in Times Square, most of the lights will go out. Power only returns after several hours. Hessen is not saved either. A short circuit in a substation affects Wiesbaden. In November 2017 there was a brief power outage throughout the city. Who does not know how to bake, of course, neither does coffee.
What works with electricity, of course, does not work. What if the power went out across the country and for a long time? Would Hessen be ready for this? The risk of a large-scale and long-duration power failure, i.e. a real
blackout, is actually a risk. Annette and Hartmut's cooking is live. So, the many devices you need for dinner: stove, oven, extractor hood, refrigerator. Even potatoes, fried eggs, and spinach need a lot of electronics. At some point the food will be ready. But, as it is, you've just made yourself comfortable, food is on the table, and suddenly... ...it's dark.
A blackout. And now? Maybe the fuse just blew? If everyone is inside, nothing happens. There must be a big power outage outside the apartment. So first you need to wait and turn on the light. I feel like I'm in the Stone Age, I think it's very scary. It usually doesn't take long before power comes back on. Transmission system operators, facing mounting problems, ensure that it otherwise runs reliably. The dream of clean electricity is alive. More and more wind and solar power supply the German electricity market and pose challenges for grid operators. To avoid a blackout, they have to intervene more frequently than 15 years ago.
If I say that it is not necessary to intervene twice, but 1,500 times, it would also be naive to say that the risk does not increase. The riots could not only be felt in Hesse, but throughout Europe. Fatal errors in this switchgear, for example, would affect between 40 and 45 million people. We are in Tennet in Lehrte near Hannover. The transmission system operator controls the large lines that supply electricity to northern and central Hesse. In the control room, Volker Weinreich and his colleagues practically work as air traffic controllers for electricity. The most important task is to keep the frequency as exactly as possible to 50 hearts.
If you will, that's the speed of the electrical grid, comparable to that of a car. If you rev â€‹â€‹too hard the engine revs and without a rev limiter it would be destroyed. If you give it too little gas, you'll stall the engine. It is very similar in an electrical network. The frequency would drop with very little generation power and would ultimately lead to the collapse of the grid. And in the worst case, local blackouts. To prevent this, countermeasures have to be taken again and again, because only as much electricity can be generated as is used elsewhere.
Wind farms or coal power plants need to be switched on and off. The fact that more intervention is being carried out is also due to the fact that more and more wind energy is transported from north to south. My colleagues have already had to regulate wind power in northern Germany and also in the North Sea. So that these lines, which are supposed to carry the electricity to the south, are not overloaded further south, to Munich, for example. For a line, overloading would mean that it sags too far at the end because it gets hot. That could be a risk.
Or even self-destruct. On the way from north to south, the current also passes through here. The substation in Borken is an important hub. On the one hand, it supplies electricity to northern Hesse, but it also sends it to southern Europe. The large power lines reach here, with voltages of 380,000 volts. We need this for transportation to bridge the gap between production and consumer. Then we gradually transform downward. It works like this: Nuclear, coal-fired power plants, and large wind farms deliver the so-called peak voltage of 380,000 volts. So much for our homes. Therefore, the voltage first transforms to 110,000 volts.
Customers here include large-scale industry and Deutsche Bahn with its own 110 kV network. The medium voltage grid is powered by smaller solar or biogas systems and supplies electricity to industry and commerce. For the Hessian cities and municipalities, the voltage is ultimately transformed to 400 or 230 volts. That is the electricity that comes out of the socket. Reliably delivering it is also a challenge for Tennet. Because wind and solar power, which is harder to control, are growing. Nuclear and coal power plants are no longer available. The problem will increase with the removal of more baseload power plants. Because then we expect more fluctuations in the grid because renewable energies are not constantly available.
There are other risks too. The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance in Bonn sees an increased risk of blackouts. Because not only the energy mix is â€‹â€‹a problem. The other problem that we have today is that we are seeing attacks on this very complex system in cyberspace. There have been several attacks on power grids in Europe. In this sense, this risk, which simply did not exist in the past, is also growing. And the extreme weather conditions that are on the rise. Extreme weather events like 2005 in the MĂĽnsterland. There, large masses of snow caused the collapse of electrical towers.
The region was without electricity for several days. There is no one hundred percent protection against such events. Transmission system operators want to act where they can achieve something. Tennet wants to push for the construction of more power lines to keep the grid stable. But the big SĂĽdlink project is accompanied by big protests. I don't see any other possibility right now than to build power lines, because the issue of energy storage, energy storage, is still in its infancy. Yes, electromobility, "power-to-gas" and the like are being investigated. But from my point of view we are not yet ready to move the gigawatts we need from north to south or to store them temporarily.
There is still a long way to go for Tennet. But the objective remains: to avoid a blackout at all costs. At Annette and Hartmut, the power hasn't come back on yet. It could be a longer term story. At least that's what friends and neighbors report. I wanted to ask: Do you also have a power outage? It's dark in here, nothing. Um, with us for about ten minutes. The fuses? Yes, we have already reviewed them. With you too? the whole street? A full-scale blackout? For the shock, food for the nerves first. The refrigerator has turned itself off.
The food is still edible. How long? Is there any supply in case of a blackout? If the electricity goes out in the long term, the producers will have a problem. For example in agriculture. We are in Reinheim near Darmstadt. The work is done here quickly and accurately. Axel Strauss can trust his machines. They reliably detect the size, weight and texture of chicken eggs. He packs them accordingly in the appropriate boxes. In the event of a power outage, the system would shut down quickly. A blackout for egg producers would be much worse: Axel Strauss has 60,000 chickens in his barn.
The fans ensure the necessary air exchange. If they fail, it could become critical for the animals. The result would be that we would have overheating in the building, because the chickens generate their own heat. If we have 38-40 Â°C in the sun outside, there is also an accumulation of heat inside. Then I would die from heat. Strauss has taken precautions to avoid such a scenario. Battery-cushioned flaps open automatically in case of power failure and ensure air exchange. To get the main ventilation working again, you have to hook up an emergency generator. That depends on the tractor and should last a while.
As long as we get diesel. But now we have kept diesel on the farm. We have almost 10,000 liters there, which we can manage for weeks. Christian Schultze from Lichtenfels-Rhadern also has such a unit. The farmer says the power went out four times last year, but only for up to an hour each time. A longer failure would be fatal to its operation. Because 170 cows want to be milked every day. Cows that still have a lot of milk, that have not calved much, would suffer if they were not milked. Here everything works electrically. Milking by hand is too time-consuming, says Schultze.
You could try to stand there with 16 people. That gives lame weapons. When you have finished the morning milk, you can already have lunch. Evening milking could be started again immediately. This is not a real alternative. Even if that worked, the finished product unfortunately needs electricity too. When we have milked, we continue. The milk must be cooled immediately so that it remains hygienically perfect. It has to be stored at 4Â°C and sent to the dairy after two days. If there was no electricity, none of this would work. A long-term power failure would also pose problems for supermarkets.
Refrigerated products spoil quickly without electricity. Much would end up in the trash. This is exactly what they want to avoid in the Royal Dreieich shop, so they have bought a huge emergency generator. The device is tested once a month. If the lights go out in the market, the machine starts with a hellish racket. *Engine noise* It's important to have an emergency generator because we work with refrigerated goods, especially at the grocery store, and we have a lot of air conditioning there. We have to ensure that in case of a power outage. The diesel generator lasts a maximum of 12 hours.
Then the market could no longer function without the supply of fuel. There is another problem: what if suddenly a lot of people want to stock up on supplies at once? I do think that if there is a power outage that lasts a bit longer, it will set off some panic. That the so-called hamster purchases will take place and that customers want to stock up in abundance. To avoid exactly that, the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief BBK recommends stocking up on food and drinks. For about ten days. These are, of course, the famous cans.
But they only help me a little if I have the right tools. I need to be able to open it without an electric can opener. I have to be able to keep it warm, especially when I have small children and babies at home. Or other risk groups, sick people. That means I need an off-grid heat source. Camping stoves, for example, could help here for a few days. Meanwhile, Hessian supermarket managers, dairy farmers and poultry farmers never have to find out if their emergency power measures will withstand an emergency. The next morning it's light again, but that's just sunlight, still no electricity.
It is slowly becoming clear that we are dealing with a long-term blackout. It doesn't hurt to review your emergency medical supplies: medications, first aid kit. You don't want to have to go to the hospital in the event of a power outage. But would the clinics be prepared for an emergency? We are at the Darmstadt Clinic. Doctor Martin Welte and his colleague prepare a room for the next patient in the intensive care unit. Anyone who lies here depends on many devices. Infusion and syringe pumps, ventilation and surveillance monitors. All powered by electricity. Electricity is essential here. A few years ago there was a power outage at the hospital.
But that has never endangered a single patient in this intensive care unit. Because all the essential devices, the so-called class 1 devices, were connected to a power source that is activated immediately. Immediately means that there is no interruption. The power supply is color coded in the clinic. Orange, green and white, depending on the urgency. The greens are damped through emergency power. There is a brief glitch until the power is turned on, 10-12 seconds. Whites are completely normal mains current, which in the worst case leads to a failure. Devices necessary for survival hang from sockets in orange. They are battery backed up.
If the power fails, the large batteries immediately take over without interruption. But they last a maximum of three hours. Sufficient time for the emergency power supply to take over. It comes from the basement of the Darmstadt clinic. Construction technician Steffen Hage controls the large diesel generator sets. They run the generators, which are then supposed to power the most important systems. Here we have a 15,000 liter tank. So we will survive redundantly for 1.5 days without the need for any external supply. Despite such measures, a blackout can also be problematic forhospitals. Like in Berlin-KĂ¶penick. When the power went out for more than 30 hours in 2019, 23 intensive care patients were preventively transferred from the KĂ¶penick hospital to other facilities.
The emergency power supply is briefly cut off at night. In Darmstadt, emergency power generators are tested once a month. The fuel supply is also secured when the diesel runs out after one and a half days. After the 1.5 days we have to partner with a supplier, say a diesel supplier, contract negotiations are currently ongoing. That means that in one case we would receive primary deliveries after 1.5 days. So hospitals have taken precautions. What about people who need care who live at home or in care facilities? There is no legal obligation to provide an emergency power supply. House emergency calls do not work without electricity.
The fan batteries only last so long. For this reason, the BBK calls for greater attention to those affected. These people who are cared for at home and vitally depend on the electricity supply. These people would have to be registered in the municipalities. There are some municipalities that have started to register this type of home care places in Germany. To know exactly where to go in case of doubt. Where to go first with the ambulance service. The Darmstadt Clinic would also be responsible. There you feel prepared for a blackout. My employees and I are not afraid of a power outage.
We make sure that all the devices that are vital to patients are connected to the right networks. It must stay that way. A new power center is being built for the new clinic building. There will be additional transformers and emergency generators to keep the consequences of a power failure as low as possible. However, trips to the hospital or doctor can be difficult. With an electric car anyway. But Hartmut's gasoline engine is now also reaching its limits. Because to get fuel from the gas station, you also need electricity. What happens to air and rail travel in the event of a power outage?
When the lights went out in Argentina and Uruguay in 2019, luckily it was Sunday. Little traffic on the streets, there is no chaos. The trains stop, the traffic lights fail, the street lighting too. It is clear that traveling by car, train or plane will be difficult without electricity, even in Hesse. Germany's largest airport, for example, wants to keep operations running on emergency power in the event of an emergency. Track systems can be kept running for two weeks at a time, with the capabilities. The airport has a fuel supply that others do not. In the event of a large-scale and long-lasting power outage, one of our Achilles heels is fueling the emergency power supply.
Refueling in the event of a power outage is nearly impossible. Running a gas station without electricity is truly unthinkable. We are at the Frankfurt airport. A mega business with a mega energy consumption. With 600 million kWh per year, the airport consumes as much as the city of Heidelberg. The energy guzzlers are not just the screens in the terminal and the air conditioning, but above all the technology on the runway. Thus the operation of the tower and the lights of the runway. This particular lighting should never go out. In the runway system there is actually a risk that the pilots in the air will not see the runway.
In the event of a power outage, this is the case if the weather conditions are bad. To prevent this from happening, the airport has contracted double protection. Two independent networks from two different electricity providers supply the power. If the power fails on one side, for example due to a fire in the transformer. Then all airport consumption can be secured through the other entry point. Deutsche Bahn also wants to have provisions for emergencies. Its measures: its own 110 kV network for conduction current, as well as emergency power supply for train stations and signal boxes. safety first. In the event of a blackout, all signals on the interlocks are automatically switched to "red".
Only then is the forward journey coordinated. If both networks fail at Frankfurt Airport, there are also emergency power generators here. 68 of them are spread over the airport grounds. The most important systems should be able to be supplied for two weeks with 420,000 liters of diesel. Drivers can only dream of supplies like this. In the event of a prolonged blackout, they would quickly run out of fuel. Not even from Thomas Grebe's gas station in Korbach. 160,000 liters of gasoline and diesel are available underground. But they stay there without electricity. With the current technical team as we have it right now, our operations would come to a standstill.
The containers have to be underground for security reasons, this is also common nowadays. I have to pump it, for that I need energy, here electricity. Hand pumps would no longer work in modern service stations. That was different more than 70 years ago, as his collector's item proves. Here we have a model from the late 1930s and early 1940s. At that time there was still no dependency on electricity. There you could still operate the pump by hand, fill the measuring and inspection vessels, refuel the vehicle, and no electricity was needed. Without electricity, most gas stations would no longer be able to deliver fuel.
Then delivery to hospitals or water providers could be difficult, warns the BBK expert. The problem is... That, of course, many people who need fuel for emergency power supply are screaming for help at the same time. This means that there must then be a highly coordinated fuel supply for the users. That is why even more tank farms and emergency power stations would have to be established. They would then supply the critical infrastructure. Bad luck for the driver who commutes to work. Because he's not one of them. So sooner or later the car will have to stay in the garage.
Fortunately for Annette, the ATM is within walking distance. But she tries in vain to get cash. Because her ATM around the corner needs electricity. Many banks and companies have taken precautions, but not all. Frankfurt's financial mecca. Anyone who oversees and controls the flow of money here must be able to rely on plug electricity. And if suddenly it is no longer there? This quickly becomes critical for a number of banking transactions. The industrial production of goods would also be at risk. Our product wouldn't even exist without electricity. Data centers that pool data from many companies must be able to rely on their emergency measures.
In the data center, nothing is expected to break or not work. We are at "AGFA" in Wiesbaden. Here the company manufactures printing plates that will later be used to print on packaging or newspapers. Aluminum plates are cut to size and electrochemically processed on the production line. Production is a real consumer of energy. The operation requires as much electricity as 15,000 homes a year. Failure would be fatal. No electricity here means: stop. As soon as the power goes out, the systems go to zero. Then it usually takes several hours before the systems are fully back in production. If you consider that we, AGFA alone, generate around 200 million euros in sales a year from our location, then you may think about it: Even a few hours of power outage means several 100,000 euros in lost sales.
This is of course questionable. The company would not be prepared for a possible blackout. There is no separate emergency power supply here. Let me tell you, you can't pay for emergency power generators to keep production going as long as we need electricity. It's not realistic. So you have to say: a reliable power supply is extremely important to us and to the location. After all, a new gas-fired power plant is being built in the InfraServ industrial park, where AGFA is also located. That should also be available for emergencies. There are large pantographs in the towers of the Frankfurt bank.
They conduct their international business around the clock. But are the banks prepared for a blackout? We would have loved to do interviews. However, all requested stock and financial institutions refused a conversation in front of the camera. For security reasons, it is said. The BBK affirms that the large banks are equipped with an efficient emergency power supply. Financial transactions could still be difficult. The citizens of the country would notice that first. Then your bank will simply have to stop the traffic. This also means that the money supply via the ATM no longer works. That is why we recommend that you have a small reserve of money at home.
Not a thick reserve of money, a savings reserve, but a small supply of cash. But only enough to save about three days. The Darmstadt DARZ data center is not equipped with money, but it is equipped with many emergency measures. Companies like Entega, but also the city of Darmstadt and other municipalities have outsourced their IT here. A glitch in the technology would be a nightmare. Servers are not powered without power. They can't work well, the data is lost. As a service provider, we have to rule out such risks. And thus also ensure the safety of customers. That's why we're prepared for a blackout here.
In an emergency, the batteries must ensure an uninterrupted power supply. They supply power until the large diesel generators are started. The necessary fuel is also provided. We have a 40,000 liter tank for our diesel, which gives us three days of autonomy. We have supply contracts with two different service providers who also supply us with diesel on public holidays. If necessary, the high-security building should even be able to refuel itself from the air. A luxury that most companies cannot afford. Get money, fill? Not with a blackout. Annette and Harmut are now frustrated. It is not possible to get money.
The ATM does not work. Gasoline has not arrived either, the gas station is closed. The electricity has not returned yet. At least the toilet still works, as does the tap water. But that is by no means a matter of course. In fact, the supply of drinking and service water is not guaranteed in the event of a prolonged blackout. If the power fails and the pumping systems are not working, bottlenecks quickly arise in the supply of drinking water. We are in Hessenwasser in EschollbrĂĽcken near Darmstadt. One of 21 hydraulic works in the Rhine-Main area that supplies a total of 2.2 million people.
Here fresh drinking water is made from groundwater. This means huge electricity costs for the operation. Water supply is an electricity intensive business. We have an annual electricity bill of 6 million euros. This is, of course, an expression of the fact that water has a high specific gravity. A cubic meter of water weighs one ton. We move 60 million cubic meters only with our systems. So 60 million tons of mass must be moved from A to B. Obviously a lot of energy is needed for that. That's just electrical power. This can be seen well by the way the water enters our faucets.
Groundwater from the well is fed to the water supply plant, where it is released from carbonic acid. Additionally, manganese and iron are removed from the water and passed through a gravel filter. Only then is it drinking water. This is now fed to homes with electric pumps, as well as elevated tanks, which practically store the water temporarily. All of these steps require electricity. We have well pumps that are powered by electricity, and ultimately the pressure in the piping systems that we have in the city is produced by pumps. If the pumps fail for a long time, the water supply may stop.
Sewage transportation would also become a problem. First, the cistern you use to dispose of feces must be filled. This works with the water pressure in the house installation, which then decreases at some point. Disposal into the sewer system is initially mechanical, which means that the water first flows into the sewer system without pressure. But in the same sewage treatment plant there is certainly also pumping. Some pumping stations are also installed in the sewage systems to transport the wastewater. As long as there is still water pressure, the BBK expert recommends preventing discharges. If he notices a power outage, let the bathtubs and sinks fill with normal tap water as soon as possible.
Have something to flush the toilet or other hygiene issues. MeasureMore important, however, is to stock up on a small amount of drinking water. If you have 2 to 5 liters of drinking water per person. So that's certainly enough for a multi-day transition. Hessenwasser also creates a supply. These drinking water containers play an important role in a power outage. They usually compensate for fluctuations in water consumption. In an emergency, however, they serve as a fail-safe. However, electricity is required to pump the water into the containers. In the event of a blackout, the control center is called. She has to take care of the emergency power system.
In the event of a power outage, we first have a connection break, a communication failure. We then initiate the appropriate measures by having emergency power generators, they don't turn on automatically, we turn them on and restore power to resume the water supply. The so-called emergency power system is a huge generator. It uses 200 liters of diesel per hour, but has enough reserves of fuel and power to be able to help in an emergency. With this power output, we can pump 2,000 cubic meters per hour for up to three days and thus ensure a basic supply for Darmstadt. For the future, Hessenwasser wants to upgrade with additional emergency power generators.
An emergency power system can cost up to 500,000 euros. It is still an expensive endeavor to keep our faucets from running out of water. Little by little, our couple is becoming perplexed. How do you get information without electricity? do you still have battery? - Mine just crashed. Empty. Excellent. At least you could make a phone call. Or you can charge your cell phone or laptop. The key question: Where can you get help now if nothing works? In an emergency, the state of Hesse relies above all on them: the fire brigades. If the power fails for a longer period of time, emergency camps could be quickly set up in Frankfurt for people in need.
In the disaster control room there is everything necessary for this. From folding beds to pillows and hygiene kits. It is estimated that 3,000 people could be supplied from the camp. The 11 emergency power generators are particularly important. They are mainly intended to equip volunteer fire brigades. In the event of a blackout, they take on a new role: they become the so-called lighthouses. The heating will still work there and the light will work. The infrastructure goes so far that at least basic services can be ensured. And that is relatively important, as the recent blackout in Berlin demonstrated: the provision of information to the population.
In addition, there are mobile diesel generators of this type, which not only provide electricity but also light. 27 of them are distributed to the districts of Hesse and should not only be available to the fire brigade. It could easily be a hospital, nursing home, or something similar. As long as the prerequisites are met, the power generator could be connected to the building technology. We also have the option of taking you to a room that is being set up as an emergency shelter. If the drinking water ever runs out, the firefighters could even take advantage of the emergency wells.
There are about 4,800 of them in Germany, 12 are distributed in Frankfurt alone. In an extreme emergency, firefighters would pump the water with mobile power generators and distribute it to the population. But both emergency power generators and emergency vehicles need to be refueled at some point. How does that work without electricity? The usual gas stations do not work. Few have an emergency power supply. We have developed a concept in relation to large companies. With company service stations, which we in turn supply in an emergency, for example with such mobile generators. So we can refuel our vehicles and equipment there in case of an emergency.
You cannot deliver a complete and carefree package for citizens. They would have to prepare. The BBK has been recommending it for a long time. You have developed a checklist with things that should not be missing in any home. The normal camping equipment, whoever has it at home, is not badly prepared. That means: gas camping stove, canned food, drinking water supply, and flashlights. We also strongly recommend an off-grid radio source. Watching TV, making phone calls, and surfing the Internet will soon no longer be possible. With a battery-operated radio, you can get the most important information. Among other things, they came from the Hessian Broadcasting Corporation.
In the event of a power outage, we can continue to broadcast for 14 days. We may rebroadcast and redistribute the programs. The hr would be in charge of the possible announcements to the population and of course the dissemination of all the information. So that the hr does not run out of power, the head of the control room, Stefan Helfrich, checks the diesel engines of the two ships, which could supply electricity for two weeks. In an emergency, electricity would only be supplied to those areas that are important for transmission, that is, that ensure the transmission of radio and television programs.
The things that are not necessary for the transmission to work smoothly. They are off, like general lighting. Emergency information from the radio, emergency power from the fire department, and best of all, emergency care at home. In the event of a power outage, there would be help. Be prepared for emergencies, stock up, our couple could have thought of that sooner. We still have spaghetti here. Three packets of cookies. Muesli. - The cookies are mine. That's not much. None of them have a gas cooker. Who expects a blackout in the middle of Germany? In fact, there are people who have prepared for such a scenario and even thought about it for their entire place.
Goat Hagen in the Werra-MeiĂźner district. An idyllic place with just 600 inhabitants. One of them is Ulrich BĂ¶ttjer. He has been dealing with emergency scenarios for a long time. But only when there were power outages in the region in 2017 and 2018 did something move in the town. We found out that suddenly there was a willingness among the population to deal with the issue of the blackout. It became clear how dependent we are on electricity. BĂ¶ttjer founds a small project group to check the crisis resilience at the location. The question: Would Ziegenhagen be prepared for a longer blackout?
BĂ¶ttjer himself goes from house to house asking people about supplies, heating and cooking facilities. Not everyone is immediately enthusiastic. There are always, shall we say, people who believe that this is part of it. "Well, that's all scaremongering, it doesn't have to be, and we're very well looked after." It's like that, no. Others take care of it. But we realized that we, as a remote people here, have to take matters into our own hands. BĂ¶ttjer and his colleagues need a year and a half. The village newspaper reports on progress and results. One finding: About half the population would not be prepared for a power outage. 300 people are completely dependent on electricity.
They would have trouble heating their apartment or even preparing hot food. There is now an information flyer for initial orientation in an emergency. It gives tips on what supplies to have at home and where to get help in the event of a power outage. One of the first places to go would be the Gasthaus Zur Krone. The event room had capacity for 200 people and the dining room for another 70 people. Two wood stoves would provide heat without electricity. Owner Sven Blessmann was immediately interested in the idea of â€‹â€‹being an emergency base. Of course not, we have the ovens there, we don't have electricity, which is what we need to cook.
We accelerated and it was clear that we are one of the points of view that we discussed in Ziegenhagen. Blessmann has taken precautions. Oven, gas stove, supplies - everything is available in case of a possible power outage. Once your guests have warmed up, they might as well be served here. Noodles, potatoes, meat too, whatever has to come out of the chest, which of course is also fresh. Let the cold rooms run out first. For the first few hours and days that's definitely not bad. So you move on. Then you can collect some things from the neighbors so you can feed them.
Ziegenhagen has also thought of other things: the water supply, for example, which comes here without electricity from various springs in the mountains. The fire brigade has an emergency power connection. The only thing missing so far is the money for the generator itself. Ulrich BĂ¶ttjer has made small provisions for himself and has revived his dormant orchard without further ado. Fresh from our own production, no electricity is required for this. If you assume that even in an emergency situation there may be a shortage of good food and good vegetables. So we thought, okay, we'll produce it ourselves.
Through his research, BĂ¶ttjer and his team discovered that not everyone in Ziegenhagen is so well prepared. But they were able to prove that the place is not forsaken. We in Ziegenhagen, and that's the good news, we now have a good feeling. Now we have a structure to get the first few days, three, four, five days, maybe more days. However, of course, one must say what happens after four days, which we do not think about at all, we do not know. However, the work was worth it. It's just that the place now knows how to help itself a little better.
A commendable bet, affirms the BBK. The fear of a blackout is justified, but not the panic. It is not that we are completely defenseless. No, on the one hand we know that the risk exists. On the other hand, we know what I can do to keep the risk small or manage the crisis sensibly when it occurs. That is the challenge: putting what we know into practice. Being better prepared, that's what Annette and Harmut have also decided to do. Whoops, light again. - Hey what? The blackout is over. After days without electricity, normal life returns. It's the same with electricity as with so many other things: we only realize how much we depend on it when it runs out.
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