On the nationwide warning day on December 8th, all available systems should be used to warn the population. “We have to prepare ourselves better for disasters in the future,” said Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) to the dpa news agency. Above all, this included modern systems to warn the population of danger very quickly and in a targeted manner. “We now have to make up for the omissions of the last decades in this area very quickly,” she added.

There will therefore be a nationwide warning day on December 8th, during which a test warning message with the highest warning level will be sent to mobile devices in Germany for the first time. For an effective, reliable warning infrastructure, other channels are needed in addition to this warning via cell broadcasting. “During the nationwide warning day, we will therefore test all warning systems used in Germany, including the sirens,” announced Faeser.

Regarding the state of civil and civil protection in general, she said: “It was a mistake that so much was dismantled there in the past, such as a functioning siren system that we used to have in Germany.” The federal government is now helping “very much “ during 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.

“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.

When asked how she would like to be remembered one day as Federal Minister of the Interior, Faeser replied: “For me it is very important that we show our police more appreciation.” She also hopes that one day we will be able to say: “Ms done everything for internal security in our country and in combating any form of extremism.”