“Flooding causes devastating damage to people’s homes and possessions and can leave whole communities living in fear of more bad weather. More is being spent by Government and our partners on flood risk management in this four year spending period than any other. We have introduced a new funding model that gives local people more choice over flood protection and allows more schemes to go ahead. We now expect to exceed our goal to protect a further 145,000 homes and businesses by 2015.”
- Environment Minister, December 2012
“Flooding is terrible for anyone affected by it. We have worked extremely hard with the industry to reach an agreement on the future of flood insurance. There are still areas to work through but this announcement means that people no longer need to live in fear of being uninsurable and that those at most risk can get protection, now and in the future.”
- Environment Minister, June 2013
Emergency Planning in a New Age of Uncertainty:
|Date:||Wednesday 18th September 2013|
|Time:||10:15am — 4:30pm|
|Venue:||Broadway House, Westminster|
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Crystal Moore, Head of the Flood Forecasting Centre, Environment Agency
Professor Virginia Murray, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection, Public Health England
Pat Boyle, Civil Contingencies Lead, The Met Office
Katherine Pygott, Associate Director and Lead, Local Flood Risk Management, ARUP
5.2m properties are at risk of flooding in England alone, with a further 357,000 vulnerable properties in Wales. There are also an estimated 200 homes in danger of complete loss to coastal erosion in the next 20 years with the possibility of 2,000 more becoming at risk in this period. As well as flooding from rivers, the sea and surface water, there are significant risks for some communities from groundwater flooding and water from failed or overflowing reservoirs, with the severity ranging from minor inconvenience to destruction of properties, businesses and livelihoods.
The Government’s first UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (January 2012) exposed the UK’s vulnerability to extreme weather and the increasing flood risk. With 2012 being the second wettest year in England since 1910, rising temperatures and sea levels associated with climate change are likely to increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, and hence the spread of flood risks across the UK. There have been significant developments in improving flood defences, with Defra expected to spend over £2bn on flooding and coastal erosion over the course of the Spending Review. The Government has announced funding of £294m to be invested in flood risk management this year, with 165,000 homes now expected to be better protected by 2015 and deliver up to £1bn in economic benefits. Furthermore, the Government has reached an initial agreement with the insurance industry, which would enable people living in the most flood-prone areas to get affordable flood-insurance.
With the spectre of flooding hanging over more and more local communities, disruption leading to social and economic damage has become commonplace. To compound this, flooding is difficult to forecast and its exact timing or scale can strike with devastating consequences, most notably in 2007, provoking the largest ever civil emergency response since the Second World War. This uncertainty is one of the main challenges for policy makers and planners. Measures to prevent and control flooding require coordinated national, regional and local effort and cooperation.
This special symposium provides an invaluable platform for local authorities, emergency planning stakeholders and emergency services to discuss how the latest measures can be implemented effectively. The symposium will explore how to improve not only local resilience to flooding, but also how to develop a more robust general contingency and emergency planning framework that will enable communities to respond swiftly with strong leadership, communication and collaboration.
|09:30||Registration and Morning Refreshments|
|10:15||Chair's Welcome and Introduction|
Panel Session One:
|11:15||Morning Coffee Break|
|11:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel One|
|13:30|| Panel Session Two:
Building Local Resilience – Working in Partnership to Safeguard Communities Against Flooding
|14:15||Afternoon Coffee Break|
|14:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel Two|
|15:30||Chair's Summary and Closing Comments|
** Please note that the programme is subject to change without notice **