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As far as response to disasters is concerned, there were two organizations. The main one was the Zivilverteidigung (Civil Defense) which was trained to fight natural disasters as well as to protect the civilian population from the effects of nuclear or chemical weapons. And then there was the Bereitschaftspolizei. Both Zivilverteidigung and Bereitschaftspolizei were part of the police (as were, for example, the fire fighters), distinguished from 'normal' police forces only by the different color of their epaulettes (purple for Zivilverteidigung and light green for Bereitschaftspolizei). As far as I remember, they used the same flag as the police did.
Volker Moerbitz Keith, 6 February 2001
The Civil Defense used the same flag as the police until 1979. A Colour for the Civil Defense (Truppenfahne der Zivilverteidigung der DDR) was adopted 12 July 1979 by the Verordnung über Flaggen, Fahnen und Dienstwimpel der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik Flaggenverordnung vom 12.07.1979, published in the Gesetzblatt, Sonderdruck Nr. 1014 vom 30.11.1979.
Jens Pattke, 28 December 2001