Innovation Program: Humanitech Lab
Collaborators: Australian Red Cross, Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Noosa Shire Council and Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Flood warning systems are a crucial component of preparing and responding to floods. Yet with the rise in flood events due to climate change, many communities are now experiencing repeated flood warnings as the norm.
The good news is that technological innovation is being utilised to move warning systems away from a broad one-size-fits-most approach to provide hyper-local warnings in real-time that can help save time, money, and lives.
A platform for enabling flood intelligence
"I never set out to build a tech company" said Juliette Murphy, CEO and Co-Founder of FloodMapp.
When engineer Juliette Murphy experiened the devastating impact of flooding she identified a need for localised, real-time information that could help communities plan and prepare for the impacts of a major flood event.
"It was something that started out as a hobby for me on evenings and on weekends," Juliette said. "It was was something I wanted to build to better help people."
That hobby has developed into FloodMapp, a technology company that specialises in flood intelligence. FloodMapp provides live data to power emergency management operations before, during and after a flood.
In 2021, FloodMapp was selected for the inaugral Humanitech Lab, an Australian Red Cross innovation program to explore new and creative approaches to using technology to address humanitarian challenges.
Through the program, Red Cross collaborated with FloodMapp to pilot a collaborative approach that enables emergency managers to access scalable and real-time information to prepare and plan for emergency response activities to flooding.
Learn more about FloodMapp's pilot with Australian Red Cross and Humanitech
To better understand the needs of emergency managers and communities impacted by flooding, the pilot connected FloodMapp with Australian Red Cross Emergency Service teams and other organisations and councils in Queensland to test their technology and explore opportunities for further refinement.
Through workshops and a mock flood exercise, the stakeholders' unique needs were identified, along with opportunities to further refine FloodMapp's products to enable rapid decision-making during emergencies.
"One of the best things we can do in the disaster sector is have technology that is purposefully designed and developed for emergency management actors," said Collin Sivalingum, State Emergency Services Manager at Australian Red Cross, who was involved in the pilot project.
By having access to flood intelligence tools and training, emergency managers obtained the skills and resources to make more informed decisions during flood events.
This can impact every facet of emergency management to improve the physical health and wellbeing of communities impacted by flooding.
Learn more about FloodMapp's technology on the FloodMapp website.