Protection from extraordinary hazards in Poland

A major investment scheme has developed an integrated information system and a geographical database in Poland to counteract both natural and industrial hazards.

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The data gathered in the so-called “IT system for protection against extraordinary hazards”, or ISOK, is simultaneously provided to services such as the police and fire brigade, improving the time and accuracy of their responses to threats. As the system enhances risk prevention systems, it increases citizens’ safety, while reducing economic losses from hazards like flooding.

The main component of the ISOK system, which takes care of data exchange between all the system's users, is located in the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management (IMGW). It allows users to search for data according to specific criteria and is compatible with similar systems in Poland and across Europe.

Another key part of the system called ISOK – KZGW is installed in the National Water Management Authority (KZGW) and houses the Informatics System for Water Management (SIGW).

Accurate and timely responses

Beyond these two components, the ISOK system also contains a database with detailed maps, showing areas that are at risk of flooding. It also offers a detailed evaluation of losses in any given area, in the event of flooding. Accurate and timely updates on potential weather hazards, such as high winds and heavy fog, are also available. An inventory of all available IT and communication resources for institutions working together in crisis management is on offer. Additionally, the valuable information from ISOK supports decision-making in hazardous situations.

Overall, this innovative system curbs losses from flood hazards, improves land development planning, helps in investment decision-making, increases the feeling of safety among citizens and quickens crisis management responses. 

The project is expected to create 40 permanent and direct jobs. The ISOK Project enables Poland to meet the requirements set out in the EU's Flood Directive.


Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “IT system for protection against extraordinary hazards (ISOK)” is EUR 75 538 065, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 50 553 385 from the Operational Programme “Innovative economy” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority axis “Information society – establishment of electronic administration.”


Draft date

27/05/2015