Flood Risk Awareness Day in Germany

09 May 2019 - Published by Edward Sterenborg
On 4th of May 2019, the German FRAMES team from Jade University and Küste & Raum organized the regional FRAMES flood risk awareness day in the Wesermarsch pilot region. 17 different organisations, involved in the FRAMES pilot work on flood risk and emergency management, presented their work and gave recommendations for getting better self-prepared for flood hazards. Around 500 visitors attended the flood risk awareness day.

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The program included:

  • Expert presentations on climate change, coastal protection and on the risk of a blackout,

  • Panel discussions on climate change adaptation in terms of coastal protection and self-preparedness of farmers,

  • Contemporary witnesses reporting on the 1962 storm flood in the pilot region,

  • Information desks on self-preparedness for citizens and farmers,

  • Emergency cars and ships of the contributing aid organisations,

  • Exercises on dike safety,

  • A wind machine demonstrating the power of storm winds,

  • Demonstration of a mobile intensive care,

  • A sand bag filling machine,

  • A drawing contest for primary schools,

  • A presentation of emergency power generators,

  • A flood risk awareness rally,

  • The mobile kitchen of the fire brigade,

  • The drinking water bar of the regional drinking water supply company,

  • And further entertainment for children.

     

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The flood risk awareness day was very well accepted by all participating groups and received a lot attention in the regional media. Most of the involved parties recommended to start organising such information events on a regular basis after the FRAMES project. Flood risk awareness could be raised in the region, and all participating organisations received much attention for their work on flood risk and emergency management.