Published on March 10, 2014
Monitoring severe weather to build the business case for action: SWIMS Hazel Clatworthy Monmouthshire County Council
Kent Local Climate Impacts Profile (LCLIP) 2009: • Collected information from across partners – 52 extreme weather events, more than 300 associated effects and information about 75 services captured • No co-ordinated system – Risk that opportunities and true impacts are lost • Particular gap around financial impacts – Only 5% had financial implications attached Why develop SWIMS? SWIMS was developed as a decision support tool for risk management and planning across Kent partners BUILDING THE BUSINESS CASE FOR ACTION
Storms & Gales • Costs totalling £82,228 • 164 properties affected • 1202 calls received (65% increase in one District) • 41 responses from Kent Fire & Rescue • Impacts on service delivery: 19 days, 3 hrs.
Low temperatures: • Costs totalling £700,580 • Service providers impacted for 34 days • 625 calls received • 130,100 service users/residents affected • Waste and recycling affected with service suspension of five days in one District
Kent’s Partners 106 users from 32 organizations, including: • District and Borough Councils • Met Office • Environment Agency • NHS • Police • Fire and Rescue Service • Resilience Forum (severe weather sub-group)
The benefits • Developing better ways of working together • Identifying key risks and issues • Informed business and resilience planning • Building the business case for action! • Good to get the issue of climate impacts on the agenda. • Helps with collating media coverage of severe weather.
What is happening in Wales? • Climate UK are now working with about 20 UK authorities to pilot SWIMS. • Torfaen and Monmouthshire have been piloting SWIMS across their authorities since November 2013. • Swansea will be piloting SWIMS with Highways and Property services from April 2014
The challenges • Actually getting colleagues to input data (although to be fair the last 2 months have been challenging!) • Some features of SWIMS could be made more intuitive and easy to use. • No facility for mapping incidents. • No facility to include photos.
Next steps • Continue with the pilot over the next 6-12 months. • Give feedback to Climate UK on how we feel SWIMS can be improved. • Look at the data generated by SWIMS and decide whether it is an effective tool to collate this information. • If so, use the data collected to help build the business case for resilience.
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