Smü wrote:[... the BBK (the "federal bureau of keeping people safe and taking care of things gone sideways").
That's a great name for a government department
Even the BBC got the tone wrong, althoguh I guess "told" is a catchier headline than "advised":
Germans told to stockpile food and water for civil defence
For the first time since the Cold War the German government is advising citizens to stockpile food and water for use in a national emergency.
Some opposition MPs said the new civil defence concept, to go before ministers on Wednesday, was scaremongering. Citizens are advised to store enough food to last them 10 days, because initially a disaster might put national emergency services beyond reach. Five days' water - two litres (half a gallon) per person daily - is advised.
The German news website Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) said the new concept was set out in a 69-page German Interior Ministry document. The document said "an attack on German territory, requiring conventional defence of the nation, is unlikely". But, it said, a major security threat to the nation in future could not be ruled out, so civil defence measures were necessary.
Soon, Germans began tweeting ironically under the hashtag "Hamsterkaeufe" (panic-buying).
(More at the link.)
I had BBC Radio 2* on in the car** today and the DJ spent 20 minutes talking (between songs) about the German recommendation. He got a few people phoning in, including a guy who runs a prepper store. To his credit the store owner didn't come across as a complete tinfoil-hat, and made the point that you should be planning for natural and technological disasters (floods, storms, blizzards, power outages, disruptions to logistics) and thatn they're more likely to affect you than war, terror attacks or the zombie apocalypse (yes he explicitly mentioned the Z-word
* BBC Radio 2 is a national station is aimed at those of us too old for the popular music on BBC Radio 1, but not classical fans (BBC Radio 3), news / documentary / entertainment (BBC Radio 4), talk radio (BBC Radio 5) or "music" (BBC Radio 6).
** A colleague's car, we were driving back from a work meeting. I'd have gone for a local station and got better traffic updates but in the end Google Maps delivered the goods.