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After the extreme flood in 2002: changes in preparedness, response and recovery of flood-affected residents in Germany between 2005 and 2011

  • After the flood in 2002, the level of private precautions taken increased considerably. One contributing factor is the fact that, in general, a larger proportion of people knew that they were at risk of flooding. The best level of precaution was found before the flood events in 2006 and 2011. The main reason for this might be that residents had more experience with flooding than residents affected in 2005 or 2010. Yet, overall, flood experience and knowledge did not necessarily result in building retrofitting or flood-proofing measures, which are considered as mitigating damages most effectively. Hence, investments still need to be stimulated in order to reduce future damage more efficiently.

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Author:Sarah Kienzler, Ina Pech, Heidi KreibichORCiDGND, M. Mueller, Annegret Henriette ThiekenORCiDGND
ISSN:1561-8633 (print)
Parent Title (English):Natural hazards and earth system sciences
Place of publication:Göttingen
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2015
Year of Completion:2015
Release Date:2017/03/27
First Page:505
Last Page:526
Funder:German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) [0330688]; University of Potsdam; GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam; BMBF [13N13017]; Deutsche Ruckversicherung AG, Dusseldorf
Organizational units:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Erd- und Umweltwissenschaften
Peer Review:Referiert
Publication Way:Open Access