"There has not been such a warning day since reunification," Mayer told the "Bild". The return to this is now due to a certain extent to a rethink.
"After reunification, we had the attitude that sirens were no longer needed, fortunately there were no more external threats." Storms, floods and heavy rain events as a result of climate change tend to increase rather than decrease ”. That is why the state interior ministers together with the federal interior minister agreed in June last year at the interior ministers' conference "that we will reintroduce such a national nationwide warning day, and it will now always take place on the second Thursday in September," said Mayer.