Sales of portable generators and other crisis items skyrocket following PM’s speech | New

The high-level warning, issued in a televised address on Thursday evening, surprised many traders.

Sven Milli, product manager of home improvement and construction store chain Bauhof, told AK that sales of portable power generators skyrocketed immediately after Kallas’ speech.

He said: “The Prime Minister has proven to be a very strong seller – today’s sales were over 100 items, more than in the previous four months. It shows that there was a very quick reaction,” adding that the first purchases were made online, minutes after the speech.

By comparison, Bauhof sold 50 generators over a two-week period, following the autumn 2019 storm in southeast Estonia, Miili said, adding that the store was likely to have sold out. portable generators by or Saturday.

Miili pointed out that these generators are not intended for use in a city apartment, as they run on gasoline, but added that they are ideal for use in country homes, which many Estonians own or share, and to charge electronic gadgets essential for communication. , such as computers and smartphones.

CEO of supermarket chain Rimi, Vaido Padumäe, told AK that sales of dry food, pet food and toilet paper rose 10% on Friday, while purchases of candles increased. .

For the supermarkets themselves, a power outage would mean they could continue to operate for around an hour, but no longer – backup generators are only installed in the central warehouse, Padumäe said, adding that plans were in place for the distribution of goods in case. of crisis.

Mikko Virkala, a prevention expert at the Rescue Board (Päästeamet), told AK that he has been trying to prepare the Estonian people for a crisis for seven years now, but is only being taken seriously now.

Crisis supplies should be sufficient for seven days, he added, while families should estimate what they need to drink, eat and keep warm during this period and without assistance.

A radio with batteries, flashlights and/or candles, spare batteries for telephones and approximately three liters of drinking water per person per day, as well as a supply of plastic bags – in which to evacuate bodily waste – and tape, to seal bag.

It is also advisable to keep vehicles fully fueled at all times, so that you can reach the country house in the event of a crisis.

The Prime Minister said during her address on Thursday evening that: “We must also be ready for Russia to disconnect Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from their electricity grid.

“Although Estonia has been preparing for an emergency desynchronization of the Russian electricity system for years, there may still be temporary problems with the electricity supply. It would be wise to be prepared for possible power outages – this includes public authorities, companies and all individuals.

“I encourage you to think about how to deal with a power outage. Instructions are also available on the [state emergency preparedness] Ole Valmis website.”

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