Department of Waterways and Public works about safety

"A large part of the land in the Netherlands lies below sea level. But thanks to constant anticipation, the Netherlands remains the safest delta in the world. The Department of Waterways and Public Works invests in keeping the Netherlands safe, accessible and a pleasant place to live. In order to be prepared for potential disasters, we play an active role in training exercises.

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We have to be able to find each other, especially in emergencies

Carla Sengers, Crisis Management Advisor, Department of Waterways and Public works Sout Netherlands
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In 2017 Enexis Groep joined us as part of the exercise ‘When the dyke breaks...’, organised by the Central and West Brabant Safety Region. Everyone had their own role: the emergency services, the Department of Waterways and Public Works, the water authorities and the grid operators. Prior to the exercise, the participants cooperated to make an impact analysis and drew up an action plan. For this exercise the Department of Waterways and Public Works reported an expected high water level and participants then responded immediately with appropriate measures. Enexis Groep evaluated the impact on the electricity and gas network and cut off the gas supply to prevent incidents.

To keep our country safe, the Department of Waterways and Public Works and Enexis Groep must cooperate. We have to be able to contact each other, especially in emergencies. In the case of potential disasters such as high water levels in rivers or a major storm, this is already the case. Yet, there are crisis scenarios that we are less experienced in. For example, cybercrime or terrorism. By working together on exercises such as these, we can be better prepared for unexpected scenarios."