Floodlabel.com is provided to you by the Flood Competence Center (HochwasserKompetenzCentrum e.V.).

Our purpose is to provide advice and training in all matters of flood- and stormwater risk management, as well as the promotion of science, research and education.

Our website provides you with information on flood hazards and property flood protection measures along with an overview of our projects.

For your personalized flood protection strategy, we offer the floodlabel that is adapted to your specific flood risk.

Are you aware about your risks? Feel free to check your property risk with a simple and quick
flood risk check.

Know your risk and protect your property

Floods are a major challenge for our society.

Fatalities and damages show that many affected and threatened people need better information about the flood hazard they have to expect at their place of residence and how they can protect themself.

Depending on where you are from, public authorities are usually responsible for flood protection measures on a large-scale basis. However, they can never give you full protection. In order to protect yourself and to thrive towards a flood resilient society the Floodlabel was developed by the HKC.

The floodlabel is a well-founded flood risk assessment for your property, including specific recommendation of measures to reduce the risk of floods at your property.

The floodlabel has been adapted and proven in Germany. Through projects and partners, our experience is growing and adapted to other countries.

If you are interested in the benefit of the floodlabel, feel free to contact us. For more information on the Floodlabel, please click here

The four main sources of flood hazards
River Flood

Small creeks and large rivers can rise to levels many times above their average. The time span between the emergence of the weather phenomenon and the occurrence of the flooding can be very short.


Stormwater runoff and flash floods from heavy rain are weather phenomena which will occur more frequently in future. They can happen anywhere to anyone, and independently of proximity to a water body. Even at a supposedly safe distance to a water bodies a flood hazard can exist.

Sewer Backflow

Every public sewerage system has a limited capacity to hold water. During heavy rainfall, sewers may overflow and sewer water may spill over the entire street to your property or enter your basement directly through the sewer connection. All this is not uncommon!

Groundwater Flooding

What many may not know: Floodwater can seep into your property from the underground due to a rising water table. Although this happens more slowly, it can lead to permanent and extensive damage.

The 4 Effective Flood Protection Measures
Risk provision

Ausführliche Standort- und Objektanalysen, das Wissen um potentielle Gefahren-quellen und ein adäquater Versicherungsschutz ermöglichen eine realistische Risikoeinschätzung.

Prepare your Property

Protecting your property is a key part of helping to reduce the impact flooding on your home or buiseness. Here are some vey helpful measures.


Every approaching flood is a case of emergeny. Show the right behavior in case of heavy rain or flood to protect yourself and your loved ones! As well as your household.


Here are useful information‘s about weather warning forecast, flood maps and how to learn more about flood hazards and risk.


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HochwasserKompetenzCentrum (HKC) e.V.

Ostmerheimerstr. 555

51109 Köln


E-Mail: floodlabel@hkc-online.de


This research project FLOODLABEL aims to improve resilience and adaptive capacity of cities in a smart manner to sustain urban living in Europe. While adaptation measures to reduce the impact of flooding exist, homeowners insufficiently implement them due to their lack of risk awareness and knowledge of measures and triggers to take action. The project explores dedicated geo-technology and ICT-supported risk communication approaches and tools to better understand how risk communication.

HKC therefore collaborated with academic and societal partners in Austria, the Netherlands and Flanders in this project funded by the JPI programme Urban Europe. Next to a prototype of a risk communication tool has been developed (see below), multiple academic publications, living labs, and societal outreach have been produced.
FLOODLABEL.net is a prototype application developed under the JPI Urban Europe funding program. It illustrates how homeowners can be informed about their individual flood risks and to support the planning and decision-making of experts and local governments to achieve more flood-resilient cities. The prototype was developed within the research project for selected Dutch case study areas. It is only available in Dutch.


Within the framework of the joint project „Sustainable strategies and technologies for flood risk management in arid and semi-arid areas – HOWAMAN”, the HKC-FLOODLABEL, which has already proven its worth in humid regions in Europe, is to be adapted to arid and semi-arid climatological conditions, as well as to the cultural and institutional framework in Iran.
HOWAMAN contributes to the funding measure „International Disaster and Risk Management - IKARIM“ and is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research through the programme „Research for Civil Security“.
The project is managed by the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management - RWTH Aachen University.
Further information on the programme "Research for Civil Security" of the german goverment can be found at:




Ghana is strongly affected by flooding. These annual events lead to disasters harming thousands of people, especially those with low income in urban areas. 

The Flood Competence Center is partner of the joint research project “Participatory assessment of flood disaster prevention and development of an adapted coping system in Ghana - PARADeS”, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany. The aim of the project is to gain the resilience concerning flooding. 

FLOODLABELGHANA will provide and spread the required information to enable the community members to prevent their property and home. For this purpose the concept of FLOODLABEL will be transferred and adapted to the climatological conditions, cultural aspects, varying building techniques and structure of the administration.