HORA, Version 2.0

The digital risk map Version 2.0, Austria’s flood risk zoning model, gets an improved surface and covers a greater number of natural hazards than it did so far.

At can file internet inquiries, click into the digital risk map and, by means of different zoom resolutions, see if his/her property or plot of land is at risk.


"We sharpen the Austrian people’s eye for risks and, for floods, earthquakes, storms, hail and snow, provide a modern platform allowing a first assessment of these hazards in people’s personal living environment.

Particular attention was paid not only to expanding the range of information offered, but also to the simple handling and self-explaining use of the data. Only who knows the danger will in case of emergency react swiftly and properly and will help minimise damage. “HORA 2.0 – Where knowledge becomes a means of protection”, Environment Minister Berlakovich said when the new internet platform was presented.


By making various natural hazards visible, HORA 2.0 increases people’s risk awareness and their motivation to undertake precautionary measures; it allows a first assessment of the impacts of different natural hazards and supplements the hazard zone plans of the torrent and avalanche control which in many cases already exist (for individual parcels).


HORA 2.0 is a perfect Austrian model and a successful cooperation project of the Ministry of Life and the association of Austrian insurance companies (VVO). “With HORA 2.0, the model developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Life, an excellent precondition for future insurance schemes for natural disasters has been created. The legal framework conditions required for the implementation of an adequate insurance solution for natural disasters still have to be established. To be able to insure natural disasters in the framework of risk diversification and to meet the clear requests of the population, finding this solution is a matter of high urgency. The Austrian insurance industry has already dealt with this matter in detail and has worked out corresponding proposals for solution”, Louis Norman-Audenhove, Secretary-General of the Austrian Association of Insurance Companies (VVO) explained.


In June 2006 HORA went online. As many as 15 million visits during the first few months reflect people’s great interest in natural hazards. To be able to offer the most up-to-date information, this platform has now been expanded and improved. Further natural hazards, like earthquakes, storm, lightning, hail and snow have been included as well and the surface has been improved visually and in terms of user-friendly. In addition to a modern surface with Google maps applications, visitors will also find a broad range of information on different natural hazards. Social media were installed to make flood warnings by means of HORA-APP utilisable for all common smartphones (in particular iPhones).  It will thus also be easier to determine in nature whether there is an impending risk of flooding or other natural hazards. An important additional category will also be the presentation of current weather data on floods, such as current water levels of more than 250 gauges, earthquakes as well as storms, hail, lightning and snow.


In the final end everybody will profit from the unlimited access to risk-related information (those concerned - the state - private economy) with the common goal of reducing damage if an event occurs.  For only who knows the danger will in case of emergency react swiftly and properly and will help minimise damage. The Ministry of Life is making a great contribution to this objective.


Environment Minister Niki Berlakovich and Louis Norman-Audenhove of VVO agree in their assessment of the project: “HORA 2.0 is a milestone in the process of raising public awareness of risks and thus in the important issue of individual precautionary methods for floods and other dangers related to natural hazards. We have cooperated closely to offer people a modern information tool.”