Flood Resilience Digital Partnership


  • Create a platform for sharing information about existing digital improvement projects that have the capacity to improve the service that risk management authorities provide in managing and responding to flood risk.
  • Support delivery of a small number of digital tools that increase flood resilience and deliver efficiencies at both central and local government level.

Aims of the steering group

To provide leadership and coordination to support the delivery of the digital tools. The group will maintain momentum for change, share good practice and avoid duplication of effort. It is intended to add value to existing efforts currently being taken forward separately and to perform a ‘horizon-scanning’ function across the wider resilience landscape.


The group is co-chaired by Defra and DCLG. Defra will provide secretariat support. The group will meet initially on a quarterly basis, to review the progress made in the five workstreams.

Individual projects will be organised thematically under workstreams. The intention is that the workstreams should provide momentum support to related projects, but the projects – several of which are already in train – will retain their own independent project management. Each workstream will decide how best to operate, but we recommend an approach based on a ‘virtual’ working group,  using online collaborative working environments, such as Yammer, Trello or Google Hangouts.



In February 2015, the DCLG Local Digital Programme hosted a ‘flood resilience discovery day’, which explored how local and national organisations involved in flood mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, could make better use of digital tools to work better together and increase UK flood resilience. The day brought together over 90 representatives from local authorities, fire services, Defra, Environment Agency, DCLG flood policy teams, the Cabinet Office Resilience Direct team, and the voluntary and third sectors. Together, we  identified areas where central and local government could collaborate on designing digital solutions to solve problems, deliver savings and improve services both locally and nationally.

In addition, following the 2013-14 winter floods, Defra, DCLG and the EA have together been considering how digital tools could improve the information available to decision-makers in an emergency.

Our conclusion was that before we got working on particular digital tools and products to meet some of the needs identified, we needed to establish as a group to ensure projects taking forward digital tools were co-ordinated across all parts of Government with a role in flood management or responding to flood events and that they made used of best practice and tools developed elsewhere across Government.

Four themes

Four themes have been identified as being the key areas that the group should consider. These themes, set out below will develop individual work streams, identifying projects were cross-government input will help aid delivery.

  • Understand risk and prevention: Improving risk assessment; making best use of data in flood risk planning (land use planning, flood risk management planning, live updates for strategic development, crowdsourcing); building and improving flood defences; works to reduce incidence of flood events; land drainage activity.
  • Preparedness: warning and informing public; warning and informing partners; digital support for community resilience e.g. community flood plans.
  • Response: real-time flow of data in an incident; improving flood reporting data.
  • Recovery: moving from recovery into resilience; post-incident investigations.

Those involved in the steering group and underlying themes include central government Departments and their agencies and local government leads.

Membership of the steering group

Names are to be confirmed but to include:

  • Defra – floods
  • Defra – network corporate services
  • EA (national flood resilience / technology innovation)
  • DCLG – resilience and emergencies
  • DCLG – local digital programme (tbc)
  • Cabinet Office – Civil Contingencies Secretariat
  • Local Authority representative(s) (tbc)
  • National Flood Forum  (tbc)
  • SEPA / NRW (tbc)

See the Trello board for this project. It will be updated as each theme identifies deliverables.

(What is Trello? Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process.)

Related resources

Flood Resilience Digital Partnership Plan | Susanna May and Tim Godson

13 Jul 2015

Slides presented at the Co-Design Discovery Day about flood resilience that took place on 13 July 2015. Flood Resilience Digital Partnership Plan | Susanna May and Tim Godson from Department for…

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Flood Incident Management (FIM) Plan 2015-2020 | Craig Woolhouse

27 Feb 2015

Presentation on the Flood Incident Management Plan for 2015 – 2020 and delivering a customer-focussed service. Presented by Craig Woolhouse, the Environment Agency’s Head of Flood Incident Management, at the Flood…

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Environment Agency flood mapping data: Improving flood mapping | Simon Redding

27 Feb 2015

Presentation on flood mapping data, improving flood mapping, and the data sharing platform. Presented by Simon Redding from the Environment Agency at the Flood Resilience Discovery Day in Bristol on 27…

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Preventing, preparing for, responding to and recovery from floods | David Lees

27 Feb 2015

Presentation on ‘The Policy Overview – what is the  Government’s ask from the local level in preventing, preparing for, responding to and recovery from floods’. Presented by David Lees of Defra…

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Weather You Do Or Whether You Don’t (WUDOWUD) | David Patterson and Mark Braggins

27 Feb 2015

Presentation on the Whether You Do Or Weather You Don’t (WUDOWUD) initiative led by Know Now Information in collaboration with the Hampshire Hub Partnership and supported by the STFC (Science…

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Communities at Risk | Paul Cobbing

27 Feb 2015

Presentation on the National Flood Forum – what they do, recovery, building resilience, the challenge, and future community resort. Presented by Paul Cobbing from the National Flood Forum, at the Flood Resilience…

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Natural Hazards Partnership | Carl Wilson

27 Feb 2015

Presentation about the Natural Hazards Partnership, its aims, and the Hazard Impact Model.  Presented by Carl Wilson from Ordnance Survey at the Flood Resilience Discovery Day in Bristol on 27 February…

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Case study: The role of digital in community-level warning and informing | Kevin Barnes and Charles Richards

27 Feb 2015

Presentation on ‘The role of digital in community-level warning and informing: A community perspective.’ Presented by Kevin Barnes, National Flood Resilience Team – Senior Advisor at the Environment Agency, and Charles Richards at…

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