Civil Defence

Like military defense, civil defense is a task of the federal government. Civil defense tasks are largely performed by the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance. To fulfill its tasks, the federal government draws on the potential of the federal states and municipalities. It supplements the civil defense units, which maintain emergency forces, vehicles and equipment, with additional vehicles and financial aid. The advantages of a good emergency organization only become apparent when a major incident or disaster occurs. The supply infrastructure of civil defense and disaster control as well as the organizational preparations form a solid working basis for the emergency response team. The tasks of civil defense are essentially derived from the Basic Law, the Civil Defense Reorganization Act (Zivilschutzneuordnungsgesetz, ZSNeuOG), the Federal Benefits Act and the federal laws on safeguarding and securing supplies.