The case studies are primarily specified to prove that self prepardness and self protection (self-p*) tools which are based on ANYWHERE (sub-)systems carry benefits for the health of citizens and the business continuity of enterprises in high impact weather events. Secondly, the case studies are to support users and end users to design, implement/procure and use such self-p* tools in an adequate way. Thirdly, the case studies are setup as a measure to create “good practice” examples which help to explain self-p* potentials of ANYHWERE (sub-)systems.

Reducing storm-driven impacts on electricity transmission grids

Electricity transmission grids are among the critical infrastructure that is often damaged due to hazards caused by synopticscale storms or deep convection (e.g. intense winds and lightning). In the case study, demonstration products for nowcasting and forecasting disturbances in electricity networks will be implemented by combining information from MHS-EWS with geo-spatial information from electricity grids. These products are primary tailored for the use Finnish power transmission companies, but with the ambition to open it to similar companies later.

  • There is a continuous interaction between FMI and the stakeholder (JSE).
  • Summer tool is ready for the official pilot phase of the case study (beta version was tested already in summer 2017)
  • The trainings are combined effectively with WP6 trainings.
  • Possible business cases are limitless since

The summer tool gives the user:

  • Amount of the customers without electricity (observed and forecast)
  • Power loss during the distruption (kW)
  • The total costs estimation (€)

The convective cell identification algorithm is provided for the stakeholders in European scale through MH-EWS. However, FMI won’t be providing a full service (with the impact forecast) for the stakeholders in the scale of whole Europe. The lack of the impact data in European scale and development resources are constraining factors.

Enabling self-response of the logistic platforms of the food distribution companies during severe weather events

During severe weather events the roads can be affected and their capacities collapsed in critical points. In these situations, the food distribution is considered in many EU countries among the priorities services. Forecasts of accumulation of snow in the territory will be crossed with a representative model of the road network recognized according with the extension of affected area (i.e. regional area). The model will be also used to provide alternative routes with anticipation to the logistic platforms of the fleets. The Emergency Control Centre of INTC as well as the logistic platform of one of the bigger food distribution companies in Spain (moving thousands of 40 Tm trucks per day and member of the CEDAC) will run and evaluate the developments

  1. Selection of Geographic Areas to be considered as Testing Scenario (e.g. Community of Catalonia in Spain or Genoa Urban Area) in accordance with proposals provided by stakeholders;
  2. Formalization of requests from stakeholders;
  3. Collection of necessary data, in order to develop the Traffic Model in MTCP, representative of road network (e.g. graph of highways and primary roads) and the associated transport demand (i.e. O/D Matrix/s related to the peak hours);
  4. Development of the “Vulnerability Analysis of Road Network” in function of the effects caused by weather events:
    1. analysis about the reduction of road transport capacity and/or maximum travel speed permitted
    2. remodeling of road network graph (Links Split) in function of the geographical data representation of weather effect;
  5. Development of a “automatic/semiautomatic” Routine for the modification of links characteristics (capacity and maximum travel speed permitted) in function of results derived from the Vulnerability Analysis of Road Network;
  6. Identification of data (results of traffic simulation) to be transferred between MTCP and the Decision Support Tool/Other Stakeholders tools.

Decisional Capabilities can be enhanced by the application of a Transport Simulation Tool adopted, as a “calculation engine”, in support of the Decision Support Tool for the individuation/management of alternative transport and logistics solutions.

This tool is the Macroscale Transport Chain Planner (MTCP) developed in DOS and UNIX versions, but released within the Windows platform (Microsoft Access). MTCP consists of a dedicated transport model, representative of road network of an interested area (with Graph Theory application).

(No demonstration available yet)

With the end of this project, comparative analysis of various transport scenarios in urban, regional, national and international context will be completed. Additionally, the effects of new infrastructures and transport policies on the mobility  and the influence and efficiency of road and area pricing policies on the users behaviour will be evaluated. Finally, a detailed analysis of the use of intermodal resources (ports, inter-ports, parking places, stations, logistic nodes, etc.) will be done.  With these points achieved, further development of tools and research for raising self-p* will be enabled.


Increasing self-protection in camping located in flood prone areas

Catalonia is a high touristic area with a number of campsites located in flood prone areas having suffered several flooding events in the past. Currently there are more than 350 camping sites in Catalonia with capacity for more than 273.000 people, and almost half of them are in high risk of flooding.

Many campsites are legally required to implement an Early Warning System in their own self-protection plans. The goal of this case study is to build a tool able to work as an Early Warning System and help campsite managers to take the appropriate actions in a flood emergency situation.

There are two main ongoing activities:

  • Development of the tool: A web-based tool is being developed by HYDS (software company) to allow campsite managers visualize relevant information to understand the flood emergency situation and warn campers if needed.
  • Contacts among involved parts: Campsite managers, the Catalan Water Agency, Catalan Civil Protection, and HYDS need to agree in several aspects of the tool (legal requirements, self-protection plans, provided data…).

The data visualisation for campsite managers include several products as:

  • Radar rainfall fields
  • Rain warnings
  • River warnings
  • Sensors data

Self-protection actions needed for different warning situation will be also easily available. Campsite manager will be able to send text messages to campers through the tool.

(No demonstration is available yet)

After the case study, the developed tool may be useful for many more campsites. In this sense, the project has been presented to campsites associations and it was well received.

Increasing self-awareness and self-protection in front of flooding risk in schools

During 2011 Flash Flood in Genoa, 4 out of 6 casualties induced by W&C emergencies were related to schools. The Municipality of Genoa since then started a program to guarantee the safety of children in all the schools in its territory. The safety of children in schools can be extended by informing their parents with an appropriate APP or service about the impact of the weather conditions in the schools all over the Municipality of Genoa city suggesting them the safer behaviour to protect their children and themselves (e.g., which are the schools affected by the event, the protocol followed by the schools to protect the children and that the children are safely cared by the school’s people, information about safe roads in the affected area depending on the observed situation).

1.Identification  of pilot schools.

2.Identification of a group of local stakeholders (head teachers, teachers and parents). The aim of the team of local stakeholders will be to help Anywhere partners  in defining the requirements and expectation of the APP.

3.Collection of requirements and suggestions integrated with communication tools, already developed and used by CDG in the phases of prevention preparedness and response.

4.Design, development and testing the service

5.Integration service in the A4DEMOS platform

(No demonstration available)

To define the characteristics of the app a team of head teachers, teachers and parents worked together to create with us  it. After the project, this knowledge will help in designing and developing apps for the general public that can be used to raise self-ü* in the context of schools.

by Jon Blair
by Jon Blair