Flood Preparation

If you live in an area which is prone to flooding you need to be prepared in advance. The better prepared you are, the better you’ll cope with the effects of flooding.

Preparing for the flood

What You Should Do:

  • Keep a list of useful numbers somewhere you’ll remember, e.g. the emergency services and your insurance company.
  • Find out where to turn off your gas and electricity supplies. Mark the tap or switch with a sticker to help you remember.
  • Make a flood kit consisting of a torch, battery, food supplies, necessary medication, emergency numbers, rubber gloves and your insurance policy. Keep this kit in a safe place, preferably upstairs or above ground level.
  • Use sandbags to block doors and airbricks while ensuring that there is adequate ventilation.


What You Shouldn't Do:

  • Don’t underestimate the damage a flood can do – make sure you have adequate flood cover.
  • Don’t wait for the flood to happen - floods can occur very quickly and you may not have time to prepare once the flooding starts.


During the flood

What You Should Do:

  • Keep an eye on the weather and listen out for further warnings on the radio or TV.
  • Move upstairs or to higher ground.
  • If you are evacuated by the emergency services do exactly what they tell you – bring necessary supplies such as medication with you.


What You Shouldn't Do

  • Don’t walk in floodwater that is above knee level - it can easily knock you off your feet as the water could cover open manholes, road works or objects.
  • Don’t drive through floodwater – 2ft of flowing water is enough to sweep your car away.
  • Don’t touch items that have been in contact with the water - flood water is likely to be contaminated and could contain sewage. Disinfect and clean thoroughly everything that the contaminated water has come in contact with.
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