Proposed features/emergency=disaster response

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Proposal status: Draft (under way)
Proposed by: Polarbear
Tagging: emergency=disaster_response
Applies to:
Definition: A station of an agency providing emergency response for civilians during or after a disaster (natural or anthropogenic).

Draft started: 2020-12-29


Establish emergency=disaster_response as worldwide consistent tagging of disaster response services under the emergency=* key.

Migrate from tags

  • that work in one nation only, like (emergency=ses_station (189x) from Australia, the tag is problematic for worldwide use, since it takes a country-specific acronym that is not self-explanatory and not understood elsewhere
  • or do not use the emergency key, like amenity=emergency_service (800x) + emergency_service=technical (822x), predominantly used in Germany for THW, and a dozen mis-tagged hospitals around the word.


There is some inconsistency how disaster response services are mapped in various countries. Some discussion happened on mailing lists and discussion pages of the tags mentioned above. Summary:

Stations of State Emergency Services, Civil Protection, or Civil Defense Services are facilities of the governmental and non-governmental organisations, aiming to support the civilian population in cases natural or anthropogenic disasters.

This type of service or the organization that provides them, receives different names according to the country.

  • Germany: Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe (BKK) and Technisches Hilfswerk (THW)
  • Austria: Oberösterreichischer Zivilschutzverband
  • Australia: State Emergency Service
  • Brazil: Civil defense in Brazil
  • Greece: Oberösterreichischer Zivilschutzverband (Civil Protection)
  • Ukraine: Державна служба України з надзвичайних ситуацій (State Emergency Service)
  • Mexico: Civil Protection / Protección Civil
  • Czechia: Civilní obrana
  • Poland: AFAIK no dedicated service, handled by firefighters with support from other emergency services and army for things requiring manpower
  • Portugal: Autoridade Nacional de Emergência e Proteção Civil (ANEPC)  ANEPC(pt)

office=disaster_response was proposed in addition for administrative/planning/management offices that do not have the equipment there.


German example: Technisches Hilfswerk (THW)

Australian example: State Emergency Service (SES) operator=State Emergency Service

Ukraine example


Applies to


Features/Pages affected

External discussions

tagging list discussion in April 2017


Please comment on the discussion page.