GENERAL PLANNING BEFORE ANY FLOOD WARNINGS
- Find out if your home or business is located in a flood prone area.
- Make sure your insurance plan covers flooding.
- Use waterproof storage bags to protect important documents. Store in a safe area and make sure everyone knows where they are!
- Check Local Authority or Government websites for relevant information: www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding has a range of useful information.
- Keep areas around your home free from garbage and debris that may block drains. Work with neighbours to achieve this in the wider community area.
- Report any suspect or blocked drains to your Local Authority.
- Store chemicals and electrical devices on elevated surfaces away from expected water levels.
- Assess all items within the home for risk from water damage and prepare a priority list for removal to safety (e.g. upstairs) in case of increasing water levels.
- In case an evacuation is necessary, prepare a plan that takes disabled persons, the elderly, children and pets into account.
- Determine flood free routes to and from your home.
- Check with your Local Authority to if they make provision for temporary evacuation centres or other flood-related assistance.
- Prepare a disaster survival kit - depending on your location this should include bottled water, emergency rations, flashlight and batteries, dry clothing and a first-aid kit. During flooding it is not safe to use mains electricity so ensure you have battery-powered alternatives available: radio, lights, phones, for example.
- Store additional materials like plastic sheeting and sandbags to assist against the effects of flooding.
- Ensure that everyone in the household knows how to turn off the utilities.
DURING FLOOD RISK PERIODS
- Monitor weather conditions and flood risk via radio and online
- Check all portable devices have fresh batteries. Keep phones etc fully charged.
- Check disaster survival kit for essential supplies particularly bottled water. If you have them, fill suitable containers with water.
- Make sure all valuable items are protected and as far away from water as possible.
- Consider moving some items to a place of safety - flash flooding can occur with very little notice
DURING THE FLOOD
- Turn off your water, electricity and gas supply at the main switches. Disconnect all electrical devices/appliances.
- Do not drive through a flooded road. Just a few inches of water can cause your car to float and actual water depth isn’t always obvious. The roadbed may have collapsed or been washed out under the water and you could get trapped or stranded.
- Never play in high water or storm drains, you may get swept away by fast-moving water. Avoid swimming in flooded areas as the water often contains bacteria, downed utility lines or chemicals that may cause harm.
- Don’t attempt to cross rivers or flowing streams if water is above the knees.
- Remember that some devices such as televisions can shock you even after they have been unplugged. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.