Bavaria: Bavaria's civil protection needs urgent reforms

Munich (dpa / lby) - According to Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU), the changing challenges in the event of disasters require a rapid reform of the protective structures in Bavaria.

Bavaria: Bavaria's civil protection needs urgent reforms

Munich (dpa / lby) - According to Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU), the changing challenges in the event of disasters require a rapid reform of the protective structures in Bavaria. "The deployment situations in the event of disasters are becoming more and more complex. The last few years have made this very clear to us. That's why the Free State of Bavaria has to develop its structures here," he said on Wednesday in Munich. He therefore initiated a reform process with all those involved in the assistance system. "The goal is a joint concept "Civil Protection Bavaria 2025".

In recent years, extreme weather events in Germany, but also directly in Bavaria, have shown that climate change, for example, is a new challenge for disaster control to an unprecedented extent. Even during the corona pandemic, the state government had sometimes declared a disaster for months, because patients could be more easily distributed to other clinics and the pandemic management could be carried out centrally.

The Free State is already investing heavily in civil protection. "In the years 2019 to 2021 alone, 50 million euros were made available for investments in civil protection, in 2022 another 21 million will be available," emphasized Herrmann.

At the same time, however, he also referred to the responsibility of the federal government, which must meet its obligations for civil protection. In addition to operational vehicle equipment, the federal government must finally provide additional funds for the siren program and a strengthening pact for civil protection, which the federal states are demanding.

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