Exercise WATERMARK

Specifying the requirements for Exercise WATERMARK , the largest Tier 1 flood exercise in UK history.

Exercise WATERMARK concept

Defra's aim for the exercise was to conduct a wide ranging and publically engaging exercise that tests the arrangements across England and Wales to respond to all aspects of severe, wide-area flooding.  In order to deliver this ambitious aim we developed a unique concept that would enable numerous local “bolt on” or “plug & play” exercises to run simultaneously with the national “core” exercise.

We organised and facilitated seven stakeholder workshops with a total of 270 category one and two responders and government officials to discuss and develop the concept and vision of the exercise.  Ideas on the duration, format, geographical spread and quality of the exercise were all explored.

We used the feedback from the workshops to present options to the project team and developed the exercise specification and supporting documents.  We also assisted in the gathering, analysis and reporting of expressions of interest from potential participants using web based survey tools.  The concept allowed a wide spectrum of involvement from government ministers in the Cabinet Office Briefing Room (COBR) right through to local communities, schools, business and householders.

As part of the operational delivery of Exercise WATERMARK, RAB Consultants designed, planned and delivered a ‘bolt-on’ exercise for Hampshire and Isle of White Local Resilience Forum and developed the exercise “plug and play” packs and scenarios for communities and businesses.                                    

Case studies

1. Exercise PROMETHEUS a two-day multi-agency control post exercise for the Food Standards Agency delivered by ExMS. More...

2. Specifying the requirements for Exercise WATERMARK, the largest Tier 1 flood exercise in UK history. More...

3. Exercise WOLF PACK a  table top exercise to test Wolverhampton City Council’s Major Incident Response Plan. More...

4. HIGHLAND STORM, a live exercise to  test the Scottish Flood Forecasting Service (SFFS). More...

5. Exercise PLUME, a series of 12 live exercises to test new arrangements for managing major air quality incidents. More...