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ESCAPE : European Solutions by Co-operation and Planning in Emergencies (for coastal flooding)


Escape aimed to minimise the effects of flooding situations in coastal areas, through improving contingency plans, increasing public awareness and developing systems for monitoring high water and evacuation possibilities. The principle outcome was increased public awareness and knowledge about the risk of flooding, and greater understanding of the actions that need to be taken by the general public, scientists, and politicians during a flood event. This was achieved through the establishment of a transnational disaster management strategy for flooding situations in one or more of the coastal areas of the North Sea region. The strategy included integrated national, regional or local contingency plans intended to reduce the effects of flooding disasters and will link the HIS (High Water Information System) and an evacuation model which provided a new and innovative approach to contingency plans and planning. The videos/DVD’s, the ‘Watersnoodkrant’ (Flooding Newspaper), and the conferences increased the awareness for the effects and consequences of flooding and provided answers to the people and professionals on how to act and react in case of flooding. Both the HIS-model (High Water Information System), as well as the DSS-model proved to be highly innovative models that did prove their added value in the pilots performed as part of the project.

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Province of Zeeland (NL) Pieter Jan Mersie

Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap (BE); Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg (University of Oldenburg) (DE); Province of Groningen (NL); Waterschap Zeeuwse Eilanden (NL); Gemeente Hulst (NL); Waterschap Zeeuws Vlaanderen (NL); Ministry of Traffic Danish Coastal Authority / Kystdirektoratet (DK); Environment Agency (UK)

Source of funding
Interreg III B North Sea Region

Reference information



Coastal flooding, DSS, North Sea, public awareness, transnational strategy



Climate impacts



Vulnerability Assessment, Adaptation Plans and Strategies


Coastal areas, Disaster Risk Reduction

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