Tool risk reduction measures

100 RISK REDUCTION MEASURES

Intra-communal cooperation

All relevant actors in a community should be involved for developing an awareness of the risk and for starting cooperation. This can be done e.g. by establishment of a coordination circle (“round table”) with the participation of all actors from affected municipal departments, community council, citizens, emergency services, etc. An audit for recording the strengths and weaknesses of the existing precautions against all types of flooding can be an initiative. Creation of a municipal specification sheet “Flood prevention”, improved communication ways, networks or a master plan incl. priorisation of action can be the result of such a process.

Fields of action
Settlement areas, Emergency management
Synergies may exist between heavy rain risk management measures and other development goals like environmental protection, health care, and economic performance. Harnessing them requires involvement of different actors, enforcement of exchange between you and them and holistic thinking.

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Sabine Scharfe, Saxon State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology