It’s easy to assume that you will never be affected by flooding, but 5.2 million properties in England and Wales are at risk, and less than 40% of those are aware of their risk and the impact it can have on people’s lives.
You can check your risk of flooding using our Flood Risk Checker here. It’s worth remembering that the Risk Checker, like the Environment Agency, are unable to predict surface water or flash flooding.
If you are in an area at risk, there are several things you can do to be prepared
- Sign up to receive flood warnings from the Environment Agency. You can call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 to see if your area receives free flood warnings
- Keep a list of contact numbers which may come in handy – notably your local council and your insurance company
- A plan should be agreed by everyone in your household about where to go and how you will contact each other should a flood happen
- Make yourself familiar with where to turn off your electricity and gas
- Ensure your insurance provides cover against damages caused by flooding
- Consider where to relocate your car if a flood is imminent
- Prepare a kit of essentials that may help you cope in a flood:
- copies of your home insurance documents
- a torch with spare batteries
- warm, waterproof clothing, rubber boots and blankets
- a first aid kit and supplies of medication needed by anyone in the house
- bottles water and tinned or dried food
The Environment Agency provide a useful Flood Plan which you can print out and complete to help you stay prepared.