The entirety of the month of July has cut forth a somber figure for Germany, vastly considered the strongman of Europe given its economic might. This is down to the fact that the unprecedented floods and unforeseeable inclement climatic conditions rendered a critical blow to different parts of the country. And while it wasn’t Germany alone that had to bear the brunt of nature’s fury with Belgium too taking a strong hit, it was still Deutschland that received major hits to its physical infrastructure across divergent states and regions. Moreover, the news that several are still missing and still being searched only exacerbates the woes for a country that’s soon to undergo a major paradigm shift in its political climate, with Ms. Angela Merkel soon to depart from the political office.
That being told, while it’s certain that Germany is currently in midst of the big climate hit and the extent of damage caused by episodes like flooding is something rather unpredictable, what can be predicted, however, is issuing a future alert. This becomes pertinent since it can not only save human lives but prepare individuals to embrace what can often be irreversible damage, as seen in the recent July flooding episodes.
But in here lies the key question. Just how does Germany better prepare itself where while it cannot simply ward off such ominous climate-related threats, it still can forewarn its denizens about anything untoward (such as floods) that can strike in the imminent future?
To that end, it’s very important to note that Germany has taken an important step in the right direction with this regard.
In the course of the imminent future, the country shall be issuing climate-related threats by way of using mobile apps.
So how does pan out and what are some interesting details to note in this regard?
By way of using mobile phone alerts, the country is taking cognizance of a key measure through which its people can be saved and better protected unlike what transpired during the ill-fated period of floods during July.
In the words of the Interior Minister, Mr. Horst Seehofer, the following excerpts came to light as published in foreign press:
“Not everyone has always been enthusiastic about the idea in recent months. But I’ve decided that we’re going to do it… There is no reasonable argument against it!”
Furthermore, the same publication happened to share more information with regards to the critical decision made by the country for its people’s betterment and safety:
At least 180 people died when severe floods pummelled western Germany over two days in mid-July, raising questions about whether enough was done to warn residents ahead of time.
Some 70 people are still missing after torrents of water ripped through entire towns and villages, destroying bridges, roads, railways and swathes of housing.
Government spokeswoman Martina Fietz last week said the country’s weather warning system and mobile phone app Nina had “worked” but admitted that “our experiences with this disaster show that we need to do more and better”.
Armin Schuster, president of the German civil protection agency (BBK), called for sirens to be reinstated in more areas.