Feasibility Studies of Flood Warning-Response Plans

by Michael W. Burnham, Hydrologic Engineering Cent, Davis, CA, USA,
Darryl W. Davis, Hydrologic Engineering Cent, Davis, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Hydrology


Local flood warning-emergency preparedness plans consist of hardware, technical activities, and formal and informal inter- and intra-organizational arrangements and commitments to performance in which the human element is a vital part. The plans are comprised of coordinated actions involving flood detection, warning dissemination, emergency response, post-flood recovery and re-occupation, and continuous plan management. The type and sophistication of the appropriate measures may vary significantly due to physical characteristics of the stream system, the nature of the problem to the threatened area, resource availability, and institutional factors. The event response and management of a flood disaster, instead of the permanent (long-term) event control or damage potential modification, are unique characteristics of local flood warning-emergency response actions that differentiate them from other flood loss reduction measures.

Subject Headings: Floods | Feasibility studies | Disaster warning systems | Emergency management | Disaster preparedness | Human and behavioral factors | Rivers and streams | Disaster response

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