After the day of warning failed – the head of disaster relief is released early
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The Federal Home Secretary has concluded from an awkward failure on a nationwide warning day: Christoph Unger, president of the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Management, is losing his job.
S.Christoph Unger, president of the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Management in Bonn, is to be replaced. The German press agency learned about it on Wednesday from the Union faction. Following the accidents in connection with the national warning day last Thursday, criticism of the authorities was also loud. At first it was this was reported by RBB.
Secretary of the Interior Stephen Mayer (CSU) said on Wednesday in the Bundestag’s Home Affairs Committee when asked if Unger was still the head of the body, he declined to comment on the group’s personnel issues. The Security Agency learned about it from the participants of the non-public meeting.
Last Thursday, the first nationwide warning day went pretty wrong. Among other things, the message from the warnings of NINA and KATWARN was received on smartphones only with a delay of half an hour. If it really was an emergency, many citizens would not have noticed.
Therefore, the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs called the test alarm “unsuccessful.” The reason was a technical problem. “Now these processes are being processed comprehensively,” the ministry said.
Unger accused various control centers that the alerts on mobile phones did not work. “You didn’t follow the agreements,” he said. It was agreed that the Federal Office would manage the programs only from Bonn. Instead, about 30 other warnings were issued almost simultaneously. “The system has failed to do that,” Unger said. The deficit would need to be corrected by the next warning in September 2021. Unger has headed the Federal Bureau since its founding in 2004.