Plan Ahead to Protect Your Home Against Flooding

21 December 2016

flood 2016

Flooding and storms cause millions of pounds worth of damage to businesses and households across the UK each year, and our run of wet, warmer winters has severely impacted the risk posed to houses in once-safe areas*.

However, by taking some basic precautions and planning ahead today, many incidents can be prevented or the effects of damage significantly minimised.

If you’re concerned about flooding or rising water levels in your area, be sure to read the following handy tips to help you prepare for an emergency situation:

  • Listen out for flood warnings on local TV and radio. The Environment Agency has a 24-hour information service called Floodline available on 0845 988 1188 or visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk.
  • Keep sandbags near (your local council may be able to provide these) and boards ready to block doors.
  • Keep insurance policy documents in a water-tight bag in a safe place.
  • Keep a note of your insurer's helpline number handy.
  • Prepare a 'Flood Pack' and make sure that everyone in your home or business knows where it is. The pack should include: a torch, first aid kit, warm clothes, blankets and bottles of water.
  • Ensure your mobile phone is upstairs and fully charged.
  • Think about where to park your car. Is it safe?
  • Keep your pets safe.
  • Be prepared to move furniture, valuable and sentimental items upstairs or to a safe place, out of danger.
  • If you receive warnings of imminent flooding, be ready to switch off gas and electricity supplies. If water begins to enter your home or business, turn off the gas and the electricity at the main fuse board.
  • Do not attempt to drive across flooded roads.
  • Ensure your home is adequately covered by the right level of home insurance. If your home or business is flooded, contact your insurance company as soon as possible.

Useful Websites

Here are some useful links and phone numbers to help you keep up to date on the latest storm and flood warnings:

The Environment Agency

Local television and radio

Local council

  • If your area is likely to be, or has been affected, your local council website will have information about key services. www.gov.uk/find-local-council
Detailed weather information and warnings


*Source: www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/2016/winter-statistics & www.theccc.org.uk/2015/12/07/uk-floods-climate-change-likely-to-increase-frequency-and-magnitude-of-severe-flooding-events/

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