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Compulsory civil defence drills in schools?

In Germany, the federal states themselves are responsible for education and civil protection. Recent crises such as the war in Ukraine or the floods in the Ahr Valley in June 2021 show that we need to build up our resilience in civil defence and disaster control. Federal Education Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP) therefore expressed the […]

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THW 2023 review

The Technische Hilfswerk (THW) has published its annual review for 2023. THW started 2023 with a mission in Turkey. Following the devastating earthquakes, the THW’s emergency services helped to rescue buried victims, supported the United Nations (UN) mission and brought relief supplies totalling around 7.6 million euros to Syria and Turkey. Following heavy rainfall in […]

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AFPCNT and IDRIM Webinar – How to make Risk Based Decision Making for All work and meet the needs of end users?

The French Association for Natural / Technological Disasters Risk Reduction (AFPCNT) and the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM) and their international partner organizations from academia and civil society have the common goal of supporting the implementation of the Sendai Framework through the skills and daily commitment of their members, whether in practice […]

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Warning Day NRW: how standardized are the sirens in Germany?

On the occasion of today’s state-wide warning day in North Rhine-Westphalia, the DKKV office discussed how uniform the sirens are in Germany. After a brief search, it emerged that there are no standardized siren signals throughout Germany, as the use and design of sirens is the responsibility of the disaster control authorities of the federal […]

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DHL GoHelp Brainstorming event

On the 27th of February members of the Bonn Network International Civil Protection and Disaster Risk Reduction met up in the office of DKKV to brainstorm  on the possibilities for DHL GoHelp to expand to Europe. After a brief introduction into the work already being done by DHL GoHelp, participants were encourgaed to call back […]

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Private organizations and state institutions demand equality for helpers

Civil protection in Germany relies on volunteers. However, there are no uniform regulations for volunteers throughout Germany. In Germany, whether there are continued salary payments or social security depends on both the federal state and the type of aid organization. While the volunteer fire department and the THW, as state organizations, offer continued pay in […]

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Hearing on European civil protection in the NRW state parliament

Last Friday, 8th of March 2024, a hearing on the topic “Strengthening European civil protection through NRW initiatives – North Rhine-Westphalia must break its silence and continue to show European solidarity!” took place in the NRW state parliament. DKKV Managing Director Dr. Benni Thiebes was invited as an expert for the Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen […]

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