Why Germany Is Going to Start Asking Citizens to Stockpile Food

August 22, 2016, 6:23 AM UTC
Shoppers At A Kaiser's Tengelmann Supermarket
A customer holds a basket full of food products whilst shopping at a Kaiser's Tengelmann supermarket in Berlin, Germany, on Monday, Jan 17, 2011. German investor confidence probably rose for a third month in January as the recovery in Europe's largest economy strengthened and stock markets extended gains. Photographer: Michele Tantussi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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This article originally appeared on Time.com.

Germany is planning to urge its citizens to stockpile food, water and other supplies in the event of a catastrophe or armed attack.

According to a report by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW), citing the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper, the move would be the first of its kind since the end of the Cold War.

The proposal is reportedly contained in a government civil defense strategy document, which says that people should stock 10 days worth of food and a sufficient supply of water, energy, money, and medicine that would allow them to stay put long enough for the government to respond.

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The mood in Germany has been unsettled recently following a number of horrific incidents. In the latest violence, on July 24, a Syrian Islamist suicide bomber injured 15 people at a music festival in the central German town of Ansbach.

The same day, a Syrian refugee killed a woman and injured two others with a machete in Reutlingen. That attack was not linked to Islamism, but, just days previous, an ISIS-inspired attacker was shot dead after stabbing several people on a train in the south of the country.

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The huge influx of refugees — Germany accepted more than a million last year — has sparked fears among many Germans that terrorists have entered the country under the guise of seeking asylum.

Further details about Germany’s civil-defense strategy will be released on Wednesday, DW says, adding that its release comes amid “a raft of new security measures in the country.”