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Poland issues public guidelines on preparing for ‘crisis and war’

Refugees walk at the border crossing in Medyka, southeastern Poland, after fleeing the war from neighbouring Ukraine, March 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Refugees walk at the border crossing in Medyka, southeastern Poland, after fleeing the war from neighbouring Ukraine, March 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Poland’s government issues a guide that instructs the public how to prepare for a crisis like war and what to do during attacks with weapons ranging from conventional to chemical and nuclear.

Posted on the Government Security Center’s website this week, the “Be Ready – Guide for Times of Crisis and War” gives detailed instructions in written form and videos.

European Union and NATO member Poland supports neighboring Ukraine’s fight against Russia’s military invasion and is calling for European imports of Russian energy sources to stop. The tough stance has raised concerns among some ordinary Poles.

The guide describes public warning systems in the event of shelling, advises people to stock up on water, food, medication, batteries and flashlights in case of power cuts. It also includes advice on preparing for an evacuation, seeking protection during shelling or shooting, and what to do during a chemical or nuclear attack.

The center says it is obliged to prepare the public for various difficult scenarios and the guide is not necessarily due to the war in Ukraine. Previous guides addressed situations like floods and harsh winter weather.

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