Research and analysis

Local flood warning dissemination trials

The aim of the local flood warning dissemination trials was to produce and field-test prototype local warning devices.


Local Flood Warning Dissemination Trials

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The Environment Agency’s flood warning system ‘Floodline Warnings Direct’ (FWD) is an integrated multichannel warning system. It provides flood warnings using current (phone, mobile, fax, pager, SMS texting) technologies to deliver warning messages simultaneously. The system was developed to take advantage of different technologies in a bid to provide a robust service and more targeted warnings. There is the potential in the future for flood warnings to utilise new technologies not currently used by FWD. Research is required to evaluate the best usage of new technologies for warning local communities.

Published 1 April 2008