Simulation exercices

Modifié le 19/11/2015

London 2011

Following the floods in 2007 in which thirteen people died, the British authorities commissioned a report on the matter, written by Sir Michael Pitt. This report raised the need to organize a large-scale flood simulation exercise. The first of its kind in the country, Exercise Watermark took place in England and Wales from 4 to 11 March 2011, with the practical exercises taking place from 7 to 10 March. in order to organize alerts, transport and accommodation of affected populations, ensure the continuity of essential services and set up a municipal crisis unit.


Source : Robert Graves /Didier Madoc-Jone -

The objective was to determine the role of the public and private organizations and to test several new measures inspired by the Pitt report. Large-scale communication operations were put in place. In this exercise, as with Sequana, every level of decision-making was involved: COBRA (Cabinet Office Briefing Room), the equivalent of the crisis management inter-ministerial unit in France, the regional authorities, counties and cities. The local authorities in particular were responsible for holding "local resilience forums" aimed at the general public.

Several local exercises took place over three days, at the same time as the national exercise, the climax of which was a coastal flood.

"We must be willing to tell the public everything. A lack of transparency or precision will expose the public to risks" - Pitt Report.

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Exercises supported by the European Union

This list of the most recent exercises co-funded by the European Union, like Sequana, relate to flood risks :


Source : Teaser EU Taranis 2013