COBACORE Article in German Magazine

Volunteer lays sandbags to stop flooding

COBACORE featured in an article in the German civil protection publication Bevölkerungsschutz-Magazin, which is widely read by experts in the disaster recovery field.

The feature appeared in the January 2015 edition of the magazine which is published quarterly by the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance.


‘Natural Hazards’ is the theme of the edition, and the article is about the extreme weather conditions that resulted in severe flooding in Germany in 2013. It discusses the role played by individuals who are not officially asked to become involved in disaster response, and often are not part of a recognised voluntary agency in the reconstruction and recovery phase of the flooding.


The management of these ‘unbound volunteers’ is an aspect of disaster recovery that is rarely taken into account and is not included in training. The COBACORE platform is presented as an instrument that can help realize the potential of these volunteers.


Germany’s main civil protection educational training institute, the Academy for Crisis Management, Emergency Planning and Civil Protection (AKNZ) advocates the idea of finding new and innovative to integrate unbound volunteers in training and exercises, something that was tested there last May with an earthquake in the intermediate evaluation of the COBACORE platform.