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German Committee for Disaster Risk Reduction e.V.(ger.: Deutsches Komitee Katastrophenvorsorge e.V.)

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Federal City of Bonn as a nationwide centre for resilience

Federal City of Bonn as a nationwide centre for resilience

Last week, the federal government, the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate and the Federal City of Bonn region agreed on the key points of a supplementary agreement to the Berlin/Bonn Act. Resilience is a key topic of the supplementary agreement....

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On 2nd June is “Heat Action Day”

On 2nd June is “Heat Action Day”

The action day under the motto #BeatTheHeat is intended to raise awareness of the dangers posed by extreme heat and show simple ways to deal with future heatwaves. Interested groups are called upon to take part in the day with local actions. The "Heat Action Day" will...

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Predicting soil moisture for increased resilience

Predicting soil moisture for increased resilience

The moisture content of the soil is crucial for flood protection, as soil that is already moist can absorb little water and soil that has dried out needs time to absorb moisture. The German Weather Service (DWD) now offers soil moisture forecasts free of charge,...

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What is disaster risk reduction?

Storms, natural hazards and extreme events can quickly become a danger to people and the environment. But climate change, extreme urbanization, power outages and fires also offer potential hazards.

A disaster occurs when the functioning of a community or society is impaired or interrupted and, as a result, high human, material, economic and ecological losses occur that cannot be managed alone.

Precautionary measures can help to reduce the consequences and impact of the disaster. Depending on the hazard and personal circumstances, the precautionary measures to be taken may vary.

Find out more about potential hazards and individual precautionary measures on our topic pages.