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Improve civil protection

Over the last few years, the UK has faced a series of major emergencies such as the Buncefield Oil Depot explosion, the London bombings, pandemics, and severe flooding in 2007 and 2009. There is also a series of potential threats such as those to energy supplies and global IT networks.

Our location data

Our location data is designed to enable any party’s civil contingency data to be geographically referenced and shared across organisations. This provides consistency in cross-organisational information sharing as required by the Civil Contingencies Act.

The benefits of our data

With our accurate location data, such as OS MasterMap® Topography Layer and OS MasterMap® Address Layer 2, you can:

  • Identify critical sites and vulnerability to risk
  • Measure consequences of loss and model rerouting of alternative supplies
  • Manage impact on service provision down to single household level
  • Increased regulatory compliance and reduced compensation payments
  • Identify common reference and sharing of data for incident planning and response
  • Establish a range of scenarios to help local responders better prepare and assess potential impacts of an incident
  • Use evidence-based investment strategies

Anglian Water – optimising emergency water supply

In the recent floods, mapping data was used to help map the locations of nearly 1000 freshwater bowsers being distributed across the Severn region by a fleet of tanker drivers. The ability to pinpoint the addresses in need of water and share the temporary positions of the bowsers was crucial for delivering refills and managing transport logistics.

‘Whilst we work on the basis of one bowser to 250 households in conjunction with the deployment of bottled water to our vulnerable and priority customers, the Government is considering doubling the minimum provision of 10 litres of water per person per day to 20 litres per person per day. We are audited by DEFRA annually, and the worst case scenario is that we face prosecution if we fail to deliver. This solution prevents any potential problems and is easily adaptable to meet any new regulation.’

Caroline Wakelin, Anglian Water

Case studies

Using geographic information has enabled Anglian Water to decide where best to site mobile bowsers during major interruptions to water supply.

A single source of data enabled by a Central Spatial Repository is enabling 1600 users to view complex geographic information easily and make better operational decisions.

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