Part I The problem - definitions, vulnerabilities; dealing with flash foods- contemporary issues and future possibilities, E. Gruntfest, J. Handmer; impacts of flash floods, M.S. Petersen; role of education in reducing flash flood effects, M. Siudak; hydrometeorology of flash floods, M. Kelsch, et al; GIS and social vulnerability analysis, B.E. Montz, T.A. Evans; flash flood mitigation in Uganda, equatorial East Africa, M. Farah; a study of the knowledge and behaviour of Brzesko inhabitants after the flood in 1997, R. Bogdanska-Warmuz; features of flash floods within plain and mountain territory of Ukraine, O. Udovyk, Y. Yakovlev; a hydro-social modelling approach for flash flooding alleviation, J. Ganoulis. Part II Managing the Problem - mitigation; warning systems for flash floods - research needs, opportunities and trends, J. Handmer, et al; local flood hazard reduction plans in Poland - problems and perspectives, R. Konieczny, et al; the integrated approach to flash flood management, M. Brilly; the effectiveness of engineering geology in coping with flash floods - a systems approach,S.G. Skias; assessing the effects and effectiveness of flash flood mitigation strategies, B.E. Montz. Part III Managing the problem - warnings and technology: the killer tornado outbreak of 3 May 1999 - applications of OK-first in rural communities, K.C. Crawford, D.A. Morris; revelations from 21 years of providing flash flood warning support. (Part contents).