Preparing a Flood Plan
Flooding often happens quickly and unexpectedly. Preparing an Emergency Flood Plan will help you through a very difficult situation if you are living in an “at risk” area.
Write a flood plan
The Environment Agency has an online tool to help you draw-up a flood plan to detail what you need to do if your property floods. This will help reduce damage to your property and will ensure that you and your family are prepared for flooding.
Some Suggestions For Inclusion In An Emergency Flood Plan
Have to hand a list of Useful Contact Numbers. For example, your Insurance company, children’s school, GP surgery, carers etc.
Make a list of essential items you will need for your child such as milk, sterilized bottles, nappies, baby food, wipes, Favourite toy etc.
Do you or any of your family require a supply of Medication?
Valuables, Sentimental items or Important Documents
Store these on upper floors or high places less likely to be affected by flood water.
Consider having spare boards and sand bags to help block Low level doorways and airbricks etc. Remember to remove these again before using gas appliances.
Gas and Electricity Supply
Do you know where and how to turn these supplies off in your home – Even in the dark?
Would you need to move or secure cars or caravans etc?
If the flooding is severe you may be required to evacuate your home. The District Council may already have made temporary Rest Centres available. Identify beforehand if possible, what you will need to take with you.
Can you make provision for family pets?
If you chose to move out of your home before imminent flooding occurs, consider where best to go out of the floodrisk area and a safe route to that location.
If you stay at home but move upstairs, make sure you have all you need with you.
Don’t wait for the flood to find out if your plan works, try it out now!