Flood Risk Management

Get real-time warnings of potential floods so you can protect your people and assets, while minimizing disruption to your operations.

Why Choose AEM?

Reliable data

We provide real-time data you can count on – with accurate measurements to drive decisive actions.

Software that automates

Set your own rules to trigger alerts or a team response after a set amount of rainfall or other conditions.

Built for the extremes

Hardware designed for minimal maintenance, even in the harshest environments.

How we can help

Situational Awareness

A single solution

Real-time data. Rainfall estimates. Alert protocols. Everything comes together in our software platform. Built on open protocols, it works with whatever hardware you choose to use. More than 75% of all flood warning systems in the U.S. use our products or services.

rugged instrumentation

Real-time sensors and flexible telemetry

A complete, integrated flood monitoring system includes all the remote site hydro-meteorological sensing instrumentation, communications equipment, central base station equipment, as well as data collection, archiving, processing, and management software designed for flood warning.

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Be ready at every stage

Our range of tools help you take preventative measures against potential flooding and implement effective response plans. Additionally, they help you detect early signs of flooding and take decisive action to protect people and assets.

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Flood Warning Systems: FAQs

A flood warning system is an early flood monitoring solution that deploys accurate and well-maintained sensing instruments, like rain gauges, water level sensors, and flow rate sensors. The data from these sensors then utilizes a reliable and robust communications systems and a central base station to allow the data to be processed, analyzed, and monitored. When a threshold is reached across any of the sensors, an automated alert is sent out to initiate emergency action plans.

Locally owned and operated automated flood early warning systems help save lives and reduce property damage by providing critical, real-time information to the National Weather Service and public officials at all levels of state and local government to issue alerts warning people who are vulnerable to flooding.

To begin your flood planning, a flood risk analysis should be completed, evaluating the risk of flooding and the vulnerability of the specific area. Things that need to be taken into consideration are topography, infrastructure, climate, frequency of storms over an area, and more. Read our Flood Resilience and Planning Solutions Guide to learn more.

Hydrological forecasting provides flood inundation mapping enabling advanced lead time to flooding conditions and indicates which areas might be impacted with flooding conditions.

Levees, designed to protect communities against flooding, can be particularly vulnerable during intense storm events. Heavy rainfall can put levees at risk of overtopping and the consequences can be catastrophic. Additionally, deterioration and failure due to erosion is of particular concern for communities living near or behind a levee. During high water events, erosion can take place at or below the water surface. Even if a levee is being patrolled during an event, unseen erosion can be threatening the levee’s structural integrity.

Wildfires cause serious damage to property and communities. With vegetation gone, rainfall can cause debris flows and flash floods. With fires that burn hot, the soil can become hydrophobic, increasing runoff and the potential for dangerous flooding, debris flows and landslides. With remote
difficult terrains and lack of communications infrastructure, monitoring for potential flood threatening conditions can be challenging.

Customer Stories


2022 State of Flood Risk Management

For many communities and organizations, flood risks continue to rise. AEM’s 2022 State of Flood Risk Management Report gives you the latest thinking from the professionals who are responsible for managing these risks.  The report draws on survey responses from professionals across the globe who work for a wide range of organizations spanning both the public and private sectors. Get insights on the following:

  • How flood risk stacks up against other weather risks
  • The most common challenges tied to managing flood risk
  • The overall impact of flooding in recent years
  • The expected impact of flooding in 2023
  • Policies and tools for managing flood risks
  • Budgeting for flood risk management solutions
Read the report

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Flood Resilience and Planning

In this solution guide, you’ll learn how to better prepare, design, and plan for flooding events, improve resiliency, and employ technologies that help protect lives and property, including:

  • Managing and reducing the risk of floods to communities
  • Technologies and services that support reducing flooding risks
  • Planning and designing a Flood Early Warning System network
Read the guide
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Are you prepared? Predictive tools to mitigate flood risk

The growing frequency and intensity of flood events around the world have driven the need for more accurate forecasting and real-time hydrologic simulation. A predictive flood modeling system can provide information necessary about flood timing and intensity for critical decision-making during an event, both forecast and in real time. 

  • Track real-time and forecast watershed response using hydrologic model-simulated output
  • Maintain situational awareness of flood risks and impacts using real-time alerting
  • Understand flooding risk levels faced by emergency responders during a rescue operation
  • Utilize model output to keep emergency managers informed of when to close roads and issue evacuation notifications
  • Leverage descriptive statistics and data downloads to assist with post-event analysis
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