The first Flood Safety step we should all take is to find out if in an area at risk from flooding. For those who are, it is sensible to sign up for flood warnings – you will be phone, email or text when flooding is expected.
There are 3 levels of flood warning:
Flood alert – which means to Prepare
- prepare a bag that includes medicines and insurance documents
- check flood warnings
Flood warning – which means you need to Act
- turn off gas, water and electricity
- move things upstairs or to safety
- move family, pets and car to safety
Severe flood warning – which means you need to Survive
- call 999 if in immediate danger
- follow advice from emergency services
- keep yourself and your family safe
Flood Safety Advice – Prepare a bag
Your bag of essential items to take with you if you have to leave home in a hurry should be kept in a safe place. Things to pack might include spare medication, glasses, clothing, important documents and contact details such as the number of your insurance company.
Flood Safety Advice – Turn off gas, water and electricity
Find out in advance how to turn off the gas, water and electricity at your home.
- The gas shut-off valve is usually beside the meter.
- The mains electricity cut-off is usually a big red switch on your fuse box. Do not attempt to turn off electrics if standing in water.
- If you can’t find your water stopcock, ask someone with practical experience or a plumber to help you.
Check your insurance
It is important to make sure you have insurance to protect your home – check that you have insurance in place and that flood damage is included. Those who struggle to get their property insured for flooding may find the National Flood Forum and the Flood Re scheme helpful.
Protect your property
Simple maintenance like keeping drains and gullies clear of debris will also help to protect your property. Also, think about what you can do in your home to help you get back to normal more quickly after a flood. Steps that you can take include laying tiles instead of carpets, moving electrical sockets higher up the wall and fitting non-return valves to stop floodwater entering your property through the drains. You may want to move certain important things upstairs or to safety
Safety during flooding
Flood Water Has Many Hidden Dangers – Fast flowing water can sweep you off your feet. It can contain items that could hit you and cause cuts and bruising. Water may hide uncovered drains, holes and submerged items that could cause an injury. Water may be contaminated by sewage and other water-borne diseases. You should avoid eating, drinking or smoking near floodwater. Do not follow your pet into floodwater, as you may put yourself at risk.