Flood Warning in a Swedish Local Risk Management Context
2015 (English)In: Disaster Prevention and Management, ISSN 0965-3562, Vol. 24, no 3, 383-396 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper aims to explore how local early warning systems (EWS) for floods are established at the municipality level in Sweden. The study also aims to analyse the role of EWSs in a risk management context. The overall purpose of this study is to elucidate how and to what extent the adoption of local EWSs can generate value added benefits throughout the wider risk management process.
Semi-structured interviews have been conducted with supervisors at each municipality in order to depict how local EWS are established at the municipality level in Sweden. The interviews went through a content analysis with respect to theory on EWS and theory on the risk management process.
The possible effects from an EWS is not only reduced flood losses but also potential spinoff. The possibility of spinoff effects from the system, but also the mitigating effectiveness in case of a flood is largely dependent on the well-being of the organization and its risk management processes.
This study widens the understanding of the value of an EWS and that the organizational culture and state of risk management system has influence on the availability of such value. Identifying the potential added value from EWSs is important from a more general disaster risk reduction perspective, as it helps to further motivate implementation of proactive risk management measures. This knowledge can be of help to others who investigate the possibilities of investing in EWSs.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015. Vol. 24, no 3, 383-396 p.
Flood Warning, Early Warning System, Risk Management, Natural Hazard
Research subject Risk and Environmental Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-35289DOI: 10.1108/DPM-07-2014-0140ISI: 000356436200007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-35289DiVA: diva2:791291