ARCHIV - 07.09.2020, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lassahn: Eine Alarmsirene steht auf einem Hausdach. Vor den extremen Überschwemmungen im Westen Deutschlands ist nur ein Teil der Bevölkerung mit Sirenengeheul gewarnt worden. (zu dpa «Bei Sirenen fehlt bundesweiter Überblick - Bund hatte Geld angeboten») Foto: Jens Büttner/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

According to Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser, there is a lot of catching up to do in civil protection in Germany. “It was a mistake that so much was dismantled there in the past, such as a working siren system that we used to have in Germany,” said the SPD politician to the German Press Agency. “The federal government is now helping a lot in reconstruction.”

The joint competence center founded by the federal and state governments at the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) at the last conference of interior ministers will help to be better prepared for different crisis scenarios in the future, according to Faeser.

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“We had a terrible flood last year. We’ve had bad fires just recently,” the minister said. More precautions would also have to be taken to deal with crisis scenarios caused by climate change.

After the end of the Cold War, the sirens to warn the population were removed in many places, for example in Berlin. The federal government is now promoting the development of new sirens. The first of these new sirens were installed in the capital just a few weeks ago.

Lower Saxony’s Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD), among others, recently advocated the abolition of the previous strict separation between civil protection, for which the federal states are responsible in Germany, and civil protection in the event of defense and tension, which is the responsibility of the federal government. pronounced.