Heppner's User-Friendly Local Flood Warning System

by Vernon C. Bissell, NOAA, Portland, OR, USA,
Robert K. Hartman, NOAA, Portland, OR, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


The Heppner, Oregon, local flood warning system uses state-of-the-art technology with event-initiated data transmission, real-time monitoring, and automatic evaluation and notification. The system uses 'ALERT' software which has been modified to be user-friendly to non-technical personnel at the dispatch office housing the system's base station. The category score approach gives a quickly understood measure of the seriousness of a given hydrologic situation. The users 'first-look' and 'first-action' points are unaffected by subsequent changes in software, addition or modification of modeling, new sensor types, or other similar changes. The 'category score' approach also provides clear-cut lines of action in time-critical situations where minutes can make the difference between life and death.

Subject Headings: Disaster warning systems | Floods | Computer software | Hydrologic data | Power transmission | Automation and robotics | Hydrology | Data analysis | Oregon | United States

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