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flooding support, warnings and information are all now available 24/7 across a wide range of mediums, including social network sites and app for your smart phone.


Flood Alert


a free smartphone flood warning application


Flood Alert is a smartphone flood warning application that allows users to get real time updates on flood warnings near them, at lo- cations important to them, and for the rest of England and Wales.


Flood Alert was developed by Halcrow for the iPhone and Blackberry and uses live flood warning data provided by the En- vironment Agency.


The Environment Agency pro- vides Halcrow, as a licensed flood warning service provider, live flood warning data through- out England and Wales 24 hours a day.


It is an extremely useful tool with many applications. As an exam- ple, it gives people the opportu- nity to check in advance if an


elderly relative’s house is at risk of flooding.


A construction manager can use Flood Alert to check if flooding is expected near their construction site, helping to schedule their work. Flood Alert can also be used by Environment Agency employees on the ground during floods to gather information in real time about the flood risk to local communities.


The Environment Agency has approved Flood Alert for use on all of their Blackberry devices and this is currently being pro- grammed in for roll out in the coming months. Flood Alert is free to download. You can find more information at: www.hal- crow.com/floodalert.


Frazer Rhodes, Senior Advisor, Flood Response & Recovery for the Environment Agency said: “This is a great example of joint working, using our data in inno- vative ways to ensure flood warnings reach more people through new channels.”


For further information please contact:


Robert Berry, Halcrow


BerryR@halcrow.com


Vijay Jain, Halcrow


JainV@halcrow.com www.halcrow.com


Flood Defence


You CAN use QR scanning directly from your computer display


Connecting communities


Facebook to connect


communities at risk of flooding


A new support network for those affected by and at risk of flooding has been created on Facebook.


Flood Group UK is a new page to help communities at risk of flooding to support each other. The group is being launched today by government organisations and flood forums from across the UK.


With around 5.4 million properties in the UK at risk of flooding, it is important that individuals and communities take steps to prepare themselves for flooding as winter approaches.


Flood Group UK enables communities to share information, experiences and advice about flooding. It also contains a flood directory with information on how to find out if you are at risk of flooding, how to sign up for free flood warnings and what simple steps you can take to protect your property.


This initiative is being overseen by the Environment Agency and is supported by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the Rivers Agency of Northern Ireland, the National Flood Forum, the Scottish Flood Forum and the Cockermouth Flood Action Group.


Phil Rothwell, Head of Flood Strategy at the Environment Agency said: “Floods can cause thousands of pounds worth of damage and many months of heartache and disruption.


“This damage can be dramatically reduced when a community comes together to prepare for flooding by keeping people up to date with latest in warnings or flood protection products, sharing experiences or by helping to make small changes to homes to reduce the impact of flooding.


“We hope that Flood Group UK becomes a vibrant and active virtual community linking people with experience or knowledge of


flooding. You may not have been flooded for ages but in areas at risk of flooding, a flood can be just around the corner.


Heather Shepherd, Flood Community & Recovery Support Specialist from the National Flood Forum said: “Sharing ideas, experiences and information amongst communities that have either suffered flooding, or are at risk of flooding, can help enormously.


“It’s helpful to know how other communities and individuals have worked to reduce their flood risk and planned to lessen the impact should they be unfortunate enough to suffer a flood.”


Flood Group UK can be found at www.facebook.com/floodgroupuk.


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