- the national platform for disaster prevention in Germany
- Intermediary to international organisations and initiatives active in the field of disaster prevention
- a competence centre for all questions of national and international disaster risk management
- interdisciplinary research approaches to disaster risk management in other specialist sectors as well as in politics and business
- disseminating the knowledge of disaster preparedness at all levels of education
- the implementation of existing findings on disaster risk management in politics, business and administration.
- the further development of interdisciplinary and transnational cooperation in operational disaster risk management.
- the development of media strategies to promote and strengthen prevention awareness in society.