For a long time, storm surges were the most important issue for Hamburg’s disaster management teams. The pandemic, war in Ukraine, cyberattacks and severe weather have added new challenges for which the disaster teams need to prepare.

In view of the war in Ukraine, bunkers were repeatedly discussed in the media and in politics. However, Andy Grote (SPD), Hamburg’s Senator of the Interior, considers the construction of new bunkers to be pointless, as it would not be possible to protect the entire population from an attack in this way. There are financial and technical reasons for this. Alternatively, disaster prevention and preparedness should be a more frequent topic in school lessons in order to familiarise children with these issues. Sören Schumacher (SPD) also called for more publicity to raise the profile of disaster prevention in society.

Source: Tagesschau