Before the flood: Frazer Rhodes and Graham Young explain the Environment Agency's quick deploy flood warning messaging system.(Flood Warning)

THE STATUTORY DUTY TO 'WARN AND inform' has placed increasing loads on the personnel resources of emergency planning organisations. Where flood warnings are established in advance, services such as the Environment Agency's Floodline Warnings Direct (FWD) system is employed. However, where flooding occurs in areas where no predefined warning service has been established, or where an unexpected breach occurs in flood defences, there is a need to warn people quickly and efficiently. Finding ways to meet this demand within tight budgets requires innovative thinking, as demonstrated by the Environment Agency's North East Region.

The North East Region already had something that could provide audible flood warning messages from a moving vehicle, but it was far from ideal. …

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