Germany has a federal system, therefore in an emergency, the authorities and organisations at the various governmental levels cooperate to ensure that the public is adequately protected. If the emergency has occurred in Germany itself, this cooperation involves the facility operator as well.

The Länder and federal authorities are responsible for planning off-site emergency measures. Depending on the federal state (Land) concerned, responsibility for emergency management lies with one or more government ministries in their capacity as specialised authorities.

Key contact addresses are listed below.