The decoration was awarded to all German military members, rescue forces and foreign forces who had collaborated with the flood disaster relief efforts in Germany during June 2002. The medal is awarded in the same class to all German soldiers regardless of rank. It is the only type of its kind in the German awards system.
The medal is round, on its center is displayed the German eagle with a flood wave and a half sunk house, the reverse side is plain with the words "thanks to and recognition" (German: Dank und Anerkennung).
The ribbon has two black stripes on the edges, with two red stripes beside it, with two gold stripes on the in side of the red stripes and in the center is a blue stripe. The ribbon bar has the medal clasp attached to it.