A stockpile of absorbent oil booms in the port of Venice, that will be used.
But is there a need for people to build up their own stockpile ?.
Meanwhile, the state will use its small stockpile to prop up the frontline health workers so that the system does not collapse.
The emergency stockpile holds some 700 million barrels of crude in underground salt caverns in Louisiana and Texas.
Erik Jensen Smokers face a 25 per cent tax rise from midnight after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd revealed they may already be rushing to stockpile cigarettes.