The International Warning and Emergency Plan for the Elbe River is an integrated warning and emergency system that allows the relay of information on the place, the time, and the extent of the accidental pollution within the Elbe River basin. The International Warning and Emergency Plan for the Elbe River has been in use in the basin since 1991 and was amended in 1995, 2004, 2006 and 2012.
Five international early warning headquarters, one in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic and 4 in Germany (in Dresden, Magdeburg, Potsdam, and Hamburg), operate under the plan.
The cooperation of Czech and German experts gave birth to a mathematic model that enables the prognosis on the movement of accidental pollution substance waves on the Elbe River (Elbe Alarm Model).
The Czech and German parties appointed institutions that are responsible for the utilization of the Elbe Alarm Model in cases of severe accidental pollution and for passing on the calculation results to the international early warning headquarters.