By Prof. Dr. Chris Zevenbergen and Dr. Mohanasundar Radhakrishnan
On 30 January 2019, the first interactive training has been held for staff of the Governorate, utility departments, university staff and a variety of beneficiaries from diverse background at the Governorate of Alexandria. The purpose of the training was to introduce the concept of Anticipatory flood risk management (AFMA); to discuss the basic principles of Flood Emergency Management; and, to reflect on the emergency actions which were taken before, during and after the Alexandria flood of 2015. Though the workshop it was jointly explored as to what type of emergency actions could have been taken (and by whom), if a proper Early Warning System (EWS) would have been put in place and where the improvements are needed.
The participants discussed among themselves and came up with a wealth of suggestions for improvements such as : (i) lead time and warning time required in case of flooding; (ii) the establishment of a Flood Management Unit, for effective processing and dissemination of information of flood risk; (iii) better and responsible use of social media to reach out in a timely and coordinated way to citizens, public authorities and industry: (iv) better coordination between the different governmental institutions ,for instance to allow better traffic management of critical road infrastructure before and during the flood. The workshop was facilitated by Prof. Surgeon. Yasser Zaki and Prof. Dr. Walid Elbarki advisers to the Governor of Alexandria. The interactive workshop concept was developed and delivered by prof. Walid, dr. Mohan and prof. Chris Zevenbergen at the behest of the Governor of Alexandria Prof. Dr. Abdelaziz Konsawa.