The request was made in the context of the national service ZKI-DE which is operational since January 2013 and makes DLR products accessible for federal agencies in Germany through the German Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI). The GMLZ is a facility of the German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK).
Furthermore, GMLZ activated the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' which ensures that public and private operators of earth observation satellites provide fast and cost-free access to satellite images covering a disaster area. During this activation and in its role of a German Charter member, DLR acts as a satellite data provider (TerraSAR-X) as well as the Charter project manager.
Over the next couple of days, ZKI will provide on its web portal satellite and areal image maps of the affected areas to be downloaded for the stakeholders in the emergency management as well as for the public.