In three subprojects, we explore the impact of large-scale floods on our healthcare system. This includes the challenges that can emerge during crises due to a rapid increase in patient numbers as well as the long-term health impacts. We base our work on information and evaluations from floods (e.g. Limburg, New Orleans) and simulations of potential floods in Zuid-Holland. We take the first step toward a real-time system that charts patient flows, available staff and infrastructure. We also explore which measures and interventions impact most during specific scenarios. Lastly, we focus on a decision-making structure that supports collaboration between actors.
We will work with our stakeholders to incorporate the results of the subprojects into a serious game. This serious game should prepare administrators and people in the field to make effective decisions during flood-related crises.