Task 17 looked at tools that could assist with formulating emergency management plans, especially related to evacuation and traffic management.
The work encompassed the following:
- A review of flood event management practice in Europe;
- A review of the requirements for evacuation planning based on end user consultation;
- An overview of evacuation modelling; and
- The development and testing of evacuation and traffic management models relevant to flood event management.
For lowland river floods, the task concentrated on the problems involved in evacuating people. Some of the results from the evacuation modelling carried as part of Task 17 were used in prototype decision support systems developed in Task 19 for the Thames Estuary in the UK and Schelde Estuary in the Netherlands.
For flash flood catchments a prototype system was developed to forecast which parts of the road network would become inundated. This was tested on the Gard Region of France.
The findings from this task and the guidance presented are of great value to engineers, scientists and planners involved in emergency planning for floods and flood event management.
In addition to the text presented on these web pages, a separate CD-Rom was produced by Task 17 and Task 19, the content of which can be accessed here.
Key words: emergency management plans, evacuation modelling, traffic management, flood event management