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  • 1. Monitoring severe weather to build the business case for action: SWIMS Hazel Clatworthy Monmouthshire County Council

2. 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 3. The Process 4. 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. 5. 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 6. Kents 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) 7. 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. 8. 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 9. 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. 10. 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. 11. Thank you! hazelclatworthy@monmouthshire.gov.uk 01633 644843