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Sport Flood in Germany: Ralph Brinkhaus beats "Civil Reserve" for disaster protection before

14:15  03 august  2021
14:15  03 august  2021 Source:   spiegel.de

reform of civil protection should come faster

 reform of civil protection should come faster Berlin. The devastating flood in the west of Germany has caused criticism in the ruling system in population and disaster protection. Now the planned reform should be implemented faster than previously planned. © Jens Büttner Before the extreme floods in the west of Germany, only part of the population has been warned with Sirensenfeizen.

After the tide, many volunteers have tackled. In order to better organize the support in the future, Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus wants to collect a help in the future in a database.

  Flut in Deutschland: Ralph Brinkhaus schlägt »zivile Reserve« für Katastrophenschutz vor © Thomas Frey / dpa

The flood disaster in the west of Germany has led to a solidarity wave. Many volunteers offered active support in the areas concerned. However, it lacked some places to organization. In order to change the future, the chairman of the Union faction in the Bundestag , Ralph Brinkhaus ( CDU ), now a "civil reserve" for catastrophic protection into conversation.

With this voluntary helpers could be better organized by a central capture nationwide, Brinkhaus said the newspapers of the Ippen Group Hesse . "If we had a database with these people who do not want to work for the aid organizations, but we still want to tackle a civil reserve and could rely on many people with different skills in case of emergency."

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is not new to the idea. Already in March, Chancellor's Chief Helge Braun had made a similar proposal. Braun also encouraged the creation of a civil reserve to support state authorities in crisis layers - but at that time, above all, overlooking the Corona Crise.

Contributed emergency aid quickly

As an example, the CDU politician called the contact tracking in the pandemic at that time. "We need trained helpers from the wide population. A kind of civil reserve - as there is also a military reserve, "Braun said in March the newspapers of the Funke Media Group.

maybe there are various conclusions that can be pulled out of the flood disaster, Union Faction Chief Brinkhaus now said. "Build differently, more flood protection, less seal." In some regions as in the narrow valleys of the Eifel or the Bergisches Land, however, this is difficult. There there are fewer possibilities for flooding surfaces than in the flat Westphalia. In addition, the Eifel is one of the most thinnest regions of West Germany. There is not everything segregated by far. "This is also true here: no fast conclusions," Brinkhaus said.

In addition, Brinkhaus demanded that emergency aids promised the flood victims quickly to pay out quickly. "Secondly, bridges, streets and the whole infrastructure have to be rebuilt," he said. Another considerable amount will be necessary for the reconstruction of houses and companies. "We're working in Berlin just to provide this money," Brinkhaus said. He did not call a precise sum. The reconstruction will be a marathon.

NRW-Greens for flood: "This natural disaster was predictable" .
as a consequence of the dramatic flooding events, the Green Group in the NRW Landtag wants to expand disaster protection at the latest in the upcoming legislative period. "This natural disaster was predictable, I contradict Mr Reul," said the faction chairman and domestic spokeswoman of the party, Verena Schäffer on Thursday in the presentation of a position paper on the "strengthening of civil protection" in Düsseldorf.

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