'What if' scenario analysis for emergency managers
Queensland, Australia has been hit by devastating floods in 2010/2011. Since that time, State and Local authorities put significant effort in the improvement of flood awareness and preparedness. Key elements included upgraded flood maps for a large part of the State, new and improved floodplain management protocols and a range of deliverables which can loosely be referred to as flood ‘intelligence’.
Improved quantity, quality and usefulness of flood information
Most of this flood ‘intelligence’ is available at Local and State Government levels. Unfortunately it is not available in the rapid, easy to use format required during a real time flood emergency.
The implemented Flood Intelligence applications improve the quantity, quality and usefulness of flood information. Information for local authorities and emergency management organisations. The applications provide smart strategic and operational flood information before, during and after flood events.
This can result in significant financial and non-financial benefits. Like reduced damage, loss of life, trauma and faster recovery.
The following applications are available via HydroNET or via the Guardian disaster management framework:
- Flood Dashboard: presentation of immediate, targeted, graphical information on current and anticipated flood conditions.Including population at risk. It also showswhat the implications are at specific points of interest.
- Flood Map: automatically links your flow gauges with your flood maps in real-time.It provides the possibility to investigate “what if” flood scenarios and their implications
- Flood Report: provides standardised reports to increase situational flood awareness for decision makers. The reports can be automatically generated and specifies current and projected flood impacts for population and critical infrastructure.