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P.R.E.P.A.R. - Partnerships for Resilience and Emergency Preparedness using Augmented Reality

P.R.E.P.A.R. is an integrated model that ties Augmented Reality (AR) simulations with geomatic flood data, and uses Public-Private-People-Partnerships (4P) to deliver the program to urban populations. P.R.E.P.A.R. targets SDGs 3, 11, & 13.

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Prepar Team

Stage 2: Research & Development

P.R.E.P.A.R. is seeking start-up funding to move from the Research & Development phase into the Proof of Concept phase, where we will begin developing and testing prototypes of the application.

Focus Areas:

Public-Private Partnerships, Climate Change and Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction and 5 MoreSEE ALL

Public-Private Partnerships, Climate Change and Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction, Crowdsourcing and Open Source, Citizen Participation, Urbanization, Communication with Communities and Data Collection/Needs AssessmentsSEE LESS

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The economic and health impacts associated with urban flooding are among the most devastating effects of climate change, and they are becoming more common and severe each day. With each urban flood, hundreds to thousands of "secondary emergencies" (eg. traffic accidents, injuries, etc) occur, largely because people are inadequately prepared and do not know how to respond.



By using immersive simulations, PREPAR serves as a consolidated portal for citizens to visualize floods & interact with disaster preparedness plans from all levels of government, and learn how to respond appropriately in familiar environments. Citizens can also provide feedback to help governments improve disaster planning.

Target Beneficiaries

This solution has been designed to be adaptable to a variety of global cities with different development contexts and existing public-private partnerships. Urban residents, governments, and private sector partners will benefit from the program.

Mission and Vision

Faced with the reality of their potential risk, while also provided with concrete tools to minimize it, empowered citizens act. Our hope is that this tool will reduce the negative impacts of urban flooding to health and development, and empower citizens to take part in planning for urban resilience.

Innovation Description

P.R.E.P.A.R. uses partnerships and open government principles to create an augmented reality platform for disaster preparedness. Your phone's camera acts as a viewfinder - you could look at your house, for example - and see a simulation: how high the water will come, in a 1 in 100 or a 1 in 50 year flood, and what you can do in these circumstances to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property. Tabs located on the interface of the application would provide information on official emergency protocol from multiple levels of government. These details would be tailored to the user's geospatial location as tracked by their mobile device.

Competitive Advantage

Many cities globally have flood maps that are simply not shared widely with the public. These maps are often complicated and meaningless to the general public. Further, residents have few opportunities to "practice" emergency protocol in familiar environments, and may have to navigate multiple websites or offices to find information. Most residents will not bother to do this if they do not believe that they are at risk in the first place. PREPAR consolidates this existing information and makes it more accessible and easier to understand through gamification.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Our team is seeking funding to proceed with developing and testing prototypes for the application. We are based in Waterloo, Canada, but open to partnerships with municipalities globally.


Jan 2018
New Product or Service
PREPAR is developed by a team of graduate students from the University of Waterloo Faculty of Environment.
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New Country Implemented In