• Mami Mizutori
    Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNDRR
  • Armin Schuster
    Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance
  • Dr. Bärbel Kofler
    Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Christian Reuter
    Secretary General
    German Red Cross
  • Dr. Irene Mihalic
    Domestic Policy Spokesperson
    Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
  • Mario Dobovisek
    Editor and Presenter
25.10.2021 // 01:30 pm

From Corona to Extreme Weather Events - Quo vadis German Civil Protection?

The management of the Covid-19 pandemic has already presented the German civil protection system with a challenge that has pushed it to its limits. While we are still in the midst of the pandemic, additional hazards are emerging. Last year, it was a prolonged drought with accompanying forest fires, and this year, heavy rainfall events that led to the flood disaster in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, among other places.

This leads to numerous questions that Mario Dobovisek would like to discuss together with Armin Schuster, Irene Mihalic and Christian Reuter. How can German civil protection be better positioned? What role should and can the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief play, and what role should the aid organizations in Germany play? And what role can the population itself take on?"

Christian Reuter
Secretary General of the German Red Cross
German Red Cross
Since April 2015, Christian Reuter, who holds a degree in economics, has been Secretary General and Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Red Cross. Born in Münster, he previously headed the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e.V. as Federal Managing Director for over four years from 2011. He was also Managing Director at the Institute for Company Organization and Information Technology from 2003 to 2010 and held various positions at the RAG Group from 1996 to 2003. 
Armin Schuster
President of the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance
Armin Schuster has been President of the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) since November 2020. He was a member of the Federal Police for 29 years and held various management positions throughout Germany, most recently as Head of the Federal Police Office/Inspection Weil am Rhein. Since 2009, Armin Schuster was a directly elected member of the German Bundestag for the constituency of Lörrach-Müllheim and a member of the Interior Committee. In 2014, he became the CDU/CSU parliamentary group's representative on the Interior Committee and a member of the Parliamentary Control Panel of the Federal Intelligence Services. 
Dr Irene Mihalic
Domestic Policy Spokesperson for
Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen
Mario Dobovisek
Editor and Presenter
Mario Dobovisek is an editor at Deutschlandfunk and presenter of "Information in the Morning," among other things. He is co-responsible for the Corona Task Force / the crisis team for all Deutschlandradio locations. He can look back on 25 years of experience in civil protection: With his former work in the THW (German Federal Agency for Technical Relief) with staff and press work in national and international missions, his focus on "international cooperation in disasters" as a political scientist and his lecturing activities for the "European Civil Protection" of the EU Commission, among others. 

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