The Danish Storm Council is an independent council. It was established in pursuance of the Danish act relating to storm surges and windfall. The Council decides whether a storm surge has taken place. The Council also handles cases involving compensation following flooding from waterways and lakes. In addition, the Council makes decisions in cases concerning subsidies for reforestation after windfall. The Danish Storm Council also supervises and considers complaints about insurance companies’ processing of storm surge cases.
The Danish Storm Council is appointed by the Danish Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs and consists of an independent chair and eight other members. The members represent insurance companies, citizens, municipalities and ministries.
Three experts are attached to the Danish Storm Council. The experts have specialist knowledge about coastal conditions, waterways, lakes and forests. They are appointed by the Danish Coastal Authority (coastal conditions) and the Danish Nature Agency (waterways, lakes and forests). The Danish Storm Council’s experts help the Council with technical questions when it needs to decide whether there has been a storm surge, flooding from waterways or lakes or windfall.