What to do in the event of a flood
With the different changes in weather, it is difficult to know when and where flooding can occur. If you are caught up in a flood, our what to do in the event of a flood will guide you safely through it.
Follow our guide:
- Check the met weather service to keep up to date.
- Move to higher ground if possible.
- Do not walk or drive through floodwaters. Six inches of moving water can knock you over. Two feet of water can sweep you and your vehicle away.
- Abandon your car if the water is not moving. Never leave your car and enter moving water.
- During heavy rainfall, never park or camp near water.
- Always keep a torch, blanket and first aid supplies in your car.
- Get in touch with your insurer, they may be able to offer you alternative accommodation until the water subsides. Click here for guidance.
How to prepare my home for a flood
- Buy flood insurance if your area is flood-prone.
- If you are in a flood-prone area, have an emergency plan.
- Ensure you have a waterproof torch, batteries, first aid supplies and money in your home that you can get quick access to.
- Turn off gas and electricity at the mains before you leave the property (if safe to do so).
- If safe to do so, move your possessions upstairs in your property.
- If you are standing in water or are wet, do not touch electrical equipment.
What happens after a flood
- When your local authority advises it is safe to do so, you may return home.
- Do not stand in water, it may still be electrically charged from power lines and it may be infected by sewerage.
- Do not drive in areas that may still be flooded.
- Photograph the damage to your property for insurance purposes.
- Get in touch with your insurance company. Click here for guidance on this.
Stock up on your essential emergency flood kit
Whether you’re caught in a flood situation, taking a late-night walk with the dog or camping, the reliable Adjustable Focus LED Flashlight is a good companion. Durable and easy to handle, it is an ideal handheld flashlight for using around the house or in an emergency.
This emergency blanket is a must-have accessory for any emergency, the car boot, outdoor enthusiasts, explorers, rescue teams and other first-aid situation.
This handy emergency first aid kit has a robust case that contains 20x assorted waterproof plasters; 2 x sterile Eeepads with bandages; 4 x non-woven triangular bandages; 6 x safety pins; 6 x medium 12cm x 12cm sterile dressings; 2 x large 18cm x 18cm sterile dressings; 10 x alcohol-free hygienic cleansing wipes; 1 x pair of powder-free vinyl gloves and 1 x First Aid administration guidance leaflet.
The contents of this all in one survival kit grab bag are designed in the event of an emergency situation. Supplied in a backpack with a hanging handle, this kit contains 20 x emergency foil blanket, 100 x identification bracelets, 1 x LED headlight (supplied with alkaline batteries), 1 x Hi-Vis vest, 1 x marker pen, 1 x travel First Aid kit and 20 x disposable rain ponchos.
We hope you found this what to do in the event of a flood guide helpful.
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