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Gmunden town hall officials practiced for the blackout

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People stuck in the elevator, riots because of the lack of means of communication and thousands of dead livestock that have to be disposed of: When a blackout occurs, municipal administrations are particularly challenged. You cannot count on the help of higher authorities.

Those responsible in the municipality of Gmunden played through the effects of a lockdown these days – literally. Herbert Saurugg, army officer and president of the Society for Crisis Prevention, visited the town hall and brought back the board game “neustart” that he helped develop.

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Mayor Stefan Krapf (ÖVP), city director Heimo Pseiner and civil protection officer Philipp Wiatschka (Neos) led a five-hour troubleshooting marathon, which required full concentration and improvisational talent due to the crisis events that kept occurring by chance.

The game simulates the first week after a blackout with every imaginable detail. The aim is to maintain supply, security and communication in a small town where almost nothing works anymore. Only the building yard, administration, city police, rescue and fire brigade are operational.

City Hall officials now have an idea of ​​what to expect in the event of a blackout.

Source: Nachrichten

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