Prepare for flooding
There are many steps you can take to prepare for flooding. Read on to find out how to create a flood plan, how to prepare your home with flood resilience measures and what you'll need in an emergency flood kit.
Steps to take to prepare for flooding
- Know your flood risk. 1 in 6 properties is at risk of flooding. Are you? Add your postcode here. Or call 0345 988 1188. Checking your flood risk could save your life.
- Sign up for free flood warning messages from the Environment Agency's floodline on 0345 988 1188.
- Flood plans - make a flood plan setting out what you will do in a flood including emergency contact numbers and essential documents. Use these templates to help you create your plan:
- Businesses - use this checklist to make sure your business is resilient.
- Emergency flood kits - 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. Essential items include:
- Insurance documents and other important documents
- Mobile phone and charger
- Emergency cash and credit cards
- Essential prescription medication / repeat prescription forms
- Children’s essentials (milk, baby food, sterilised bottles & spoons, nappies, wipes, nappy bags, clothing, comforter, teddy or favourite toy)
- Protect your home - with flood defence products such as flood doors, flood boards, airbrick covers and non return valves on your drains, pipes and toilets. While it’s impossible to completely flood-proof a property, there are lots of things you can do to reduce the damage flooding can cause. Don’t wait until flooding is imminent as you simply won’t have time to buy or put the measures in place.
There are also things you can do so that even if flood water enters your property it causes less damage, so drying-out and cleaning up is faster and easier. These include fitting water-resistant skirting boards, raising electrical sockets and a having a pump in your basement to extract flood water. This means you could move back home or open for business far more quickly. Find out about the range of flood protection measures available.
- Buy flood insurance - buy flood insurance to protect your home and your belongings. The Flood Re website has been set up to help those households who live in a flood risk area find affordable home insurance.
- Buy sandbags - sandbags may help to keep water out for short periods. You can buy unfilled sandbags and a supply of sand from most DIY stores and builders merchants but remember that if there is a flood expected in your area demand may exceed supply as people rush to obtain them. Find out . how to use sandbags properly for flood protection
- Keep your drains and gutters clear - keep your drains and gutters clear of leaves to help prevent blockages and localised flooding in heavy rainfall.
- Know how - make sure you know how to quickly turn off your water, gas and electricity mains.
- Join a community flood group - flood community groups work with the council and other authorities to put a community resilience plan in place.
- Watch this video - for advice and tips on what to do before, during and after a flood
Wyre's flood forum
Wyre’s flood forum brings together the key people involved in flood risk management including community members, Wyre Council, Lancashire County Council, United Utilities and the Environment Agency. Find out more about Wyre's flood forum and community resilience.
Wyre flood plan
The council has an emergency flood plan for responding to both major and minor flooding from rivers and the sea:
- Wyre flood plan part one - outlines Wyre's operational incident management, response, and recovery arrangements.
- Wyre flood plan part two - contains the 14 flood risk summary sheets specific to each local flood group area.
- Report blocked watercourses, flooding from main rivers or the sea and unusual changes in river flow to the Environment Agency's incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.
- Prepare your business for flooding - Document provided by the Environment Agency providing further information and advice on preparing your business for flooding. Also includes a template for a business flood plan.
- Flooding in Lancashire - Flooding advice from Lancashire County Council.
- Sign up for weather warnings from the MET Office.
- Flood Ready website - understand more about flooding and get practical advice about what to do before, during and after a flood.
- Flood safe - local flood protection specialist
- Wyred Up - search Wyred Up network for local suppliers
- Tide times - Find out the tide times for the next seven days for the port of Fleetwood
- In the Know - Find out what's really happening in your area - receive regular crime updates, information on road closures, information about fires and other emergencies and learn about what your local neighbourhood policing team is doing.
For flooding advice and support contact Wyre Council on:
- Telephone: 01253 891000 (out of hours 01253 895116)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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