Think about the needs of children, babies, elderly, the disabled at home and your pets. This will include thinking about medication needs, toys and nappies etc.
Don’t forget to check on your neighbours.
Make an action plan to use in the event of a flood. This will include such as:
Identify and list urgent actions in priority of value.
What will need to be moved upstairs and will you need help.
How are you going to prevent water entering the property.
Make sure you have the means to keep warm, food, flasks, etc.
Mobile phone chargers, computer data and photographs stored safely.
Most things can be replaced, family photographs, often cannot – move them to safety in good time.
Move your car to higher ground, if it is safe to do so
Emergency flood kit
Being prepared will make things so much easier if your home is ever flooded. Putting together a flood kit ‘grab bag’ is a key way of minimising the risks and surviving the worst, if you choose to stay in your home or are evacuated to a rest centre.
Essentials if you are evacuated to a rest centre:
What you should also consider:
Roles & responsibilities
The responsibility for protecting your home from flooding is first and foremost yours. However, below are the responsibilities of some key organisations so you know who to contact and how they can help:
Is a charitable organisation which supports individuals and communities at risk of flooding and that have flooded. We specialise in flood recovery and resilience – and have many years experience in these areas.
This website gives more information about how we can help you and your community.
Finding affordable insurance
FloodRe, a joint government and insurance industry scheme launched during April 2017 to help qualifying properties find affordable insurance. If you are renewing your quote, or have been refused insurance due to previous flooding in your area, now is the time to shop around. When you phone your insurance company, make sure you ask them two questions:
If you are repairing your property after a flood, have a look at our repairing your property section for information on make it more resilient to future flooding.
Downloadable guides and documents
For a downloadable overview of the information found on this page, please click here.
Having a plan in place that all your family is aware of, before flooding happens can be a real help, making sure you all know what to do if the worst happens. Please download our Household flood plan leaflet to give you more help and advice.
If you are considering what you can do to protect your property then our guide can help.