Tool risk reduction measures


Holding stocks of sandbags, boards, lids and flaps-image

Holding stocks of sandbags, boards, lids and flaps

  • Description
  • Fields of action
  • Synergies
  • Good practice examples
  • References

Relevant building openings can be protected against the entry of water by sandbags, boards or sandbag replacement systems, or secured additionally by lids and flaps. The measure requires some time to be operational – which is not available everywhere when heavy rainfall occurs. Additionally it requires training.

Fields of action Buildings
Additionally to flood risk reduction by slowing and storing surface runoff, the measure has medium or high possible benefits for the following biophysical impacts and ecosystem services: Biodiversity preservation; Climate change adaptation and mitigation; Reduce pollutant sources; Intercept pollution pathways; Reduce erosion and/or sediment delivery; Improve soils; Reduce peak temperature; Absorb and/or retain CO2; Water storage; Natural biomass production; Filtration of pollutants; Recreational opportunities Aesthetic/cultural value


  • Amt der Oberösterreichischen Landesregierung (2015): Hangwassermanagement Maßnahmenkatalog [management of pluvial floods catalogue of measures] (unpublished brochure, online version accessible at URL: Sicherung von Gebäudeöffnungen

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