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MON4.1: Swiss Early Warning System for natural hazards
Time: Monday, 27/Aug/2012: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: Dischma

Session organised by the Swiss Federal office for civil protection BABS


Swiss early warning system for natural hazards

Christoph WERNER

Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz BABS, Switzerland

The session focus on different aspects of the early warning system in Switzerland and recent research projects regarding this issue.

J. Hess, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment

After the flood events of 2005 and 2007 in Switzerland a project for the “Optimisation of Early Warning and Alerting of Natural Hazards” OWARNA was established which encompasses a set of measures for improving the monitoring and forecasting of hazard events, alerting procedures, the provision of information to the authorities and public, and the training of intervention units. In the session, the state of the art of the project and its development will be presented.

P. Smit, Swiss Federal Office for Civil Protection

A procedure for rapid notification and reporting of any disruption or breakdown of networks or services was developed and implemented following the floods of 2005 in Switzerland. Today the emergency call centers of the cantons as well as the control centers of the network- and service-providers are disseminating incident-based InfoFlash- and NetAlert-messages to the federal reporting and situation centre (MLZ). During the session such products as well as lessons learned during the international earthquake disaster management exercise “SEISMO 12” will be presented.

C. Schmutz, Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology

MeteoSwiss is the national weather service of Switzerland. It is legally appointed to provide the extreme weather warnings for the federal, cantonal and municipal authorities and the public of Switzerland. The different warnings are presented as well as the basic tools, systems and organizational provisions (such as the intervention organization of MeteoSwiss) to cope with the challenges. Finally an outlook for the future development will be given.

M. Sättele, WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research

In a research project of the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF relevant hazard processes in Switzerland in need of warning and alarm systems are identified, system relevant process knowledge is summarized. A generic system classification is provided and applied to currently operated warning and alarm systems in Switzerland. The classification forms the basis for developing a method which quantifies the overall reliability of warning and alarm systems. In the session, the state of the art of the project and first results will be presented.

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