The Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) is as National Meteorological Service of the Federal Republic of Germany responsible for providing services for the protection of life and property in the form of weather and climate information. This includes the meteorological safeguarding of aviation and marine shipping and the warning of meteorological events that could endanger public safety and order. The DWD, however, also has other important tasks such as the provision of services to the Federation, the Laender, and the institutions administering justice, as well as the fulfilment of international commitments entered into by the Federal Republic of Germany.

The DWD thus co-ordinates the meteorological interests of Germany on a national level in close agreement with the Federal Government and represents the Government in international organisations as, for example the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The DWD offers an extensive range of services for the general public and operates the national
climate data centre.

Deutscher Wetterdienst
– Zentrale –
Frankfurter Straße 135
63067 Offenbach
Telefon: +49 (0)69 / 80 62 – 0
Fax: +49 (0)69 / 80 62 – 4484
E-Mail: info@dwd.de

Die Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V. ist seit mehr als 60 Jahren in den unterschiedlichsten karitativen und sozialen Bereichen aktiv. Seit ihrer Gründung am 7. April 1952 entwickelte sich die Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe mit mehr als 20 000 Beschäftigten, 34 000 ehrenamtlichen Helferinnen und Helfern und rund 1,3 Millionen Fördermitgliedern zu einer der größten Hilfsorganisationen Europas. Mit knapp 300 Regional-, Kreis- und Ortsverbänden ist sie im gesamten Bundesgebiet vertreten. In der Tradition des evangelischen Johanniterordens zählen zu ihren Aufgaben heute unter anderem Rettungs- und Sanitätsdienst, Katastrophenschutz und Erste-Hilfe-Ausbildung. Hinzu kommen soziale Dienste wie die Arbeit mit Kindern und Jugendlichen sowie die Betreuung und Pflege von älteren und kranken Menschen. International engagieren sich die Johanniter in der humanitären Hilfe, etwa bei Hunger- und Naturkatastrophen. www.johanniter.de

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Across the world, the structure of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (Technisches Hilfswerk – THW) is unique: THW belongs to the department of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community. However, about 99 percent of the THW-members work on a voluntary basis for THW. Only one percent of the staff works full-time for the authority.

Nationwide more than 80,000 volunteers commit themselves during their leisure time in 668 local sections in order to provide professional help to people in distress.

As an emergency organisation, THW can adapt to different disaster situations and scenarios. Modern equipment and well-trained specialists form the basis for its operative efficiency. This makes THW a reliable partner to fire brigades, the police and other aid organisations – in Germany, Europe and world wide. Over the past six decades THW has been active in more than 130 countries, providing technical relief and support in the aftermath of disasters and to humanitarian aid projects.