Need for full exploitation of aerial means and Earth Observation during the response phase of a flood event and their incorporation in real time situational awareness systems.
One of the characteristics of a flash flood is a very quick evolution, so a close follow up is needed to organise the rescue and the means repartition in the optimal places. Due to the nature of the event, during its occurrence, certain areas are inaccessible to ground rescue means and therefore aerial rescue means need to be fully exploited. In addition, aerial images, derived not only from drones, but also from satellites (Earth Observation) provide the practitioners and the other stakeholders with an adequate overview of the extent of the event, which would be impossible otherwise.
This TCP4 Capability Gap Finding (CGF) relates and complements the TCP4 9th CGF (4.CGF.9: The current procedures inhibit deployment of innovative tools).
During a flash flood event First Responders need to have access and be familiar with different sources of real time information, i.e., information from both ground and aerial means. Ground information includes records from ground sensors and any other information (e.g. pictures, descriptions, reports) from the affected area that becomes available during the event. Aerial images can be provided from drones, helicopters, satellites etc. The identified gap has to do with the facilitation if the access to such information.