Before the Floods
You can prepare your property for
flooding by adapting the building to try to prevent flood water
getting in and damaging walls, floors and contents. You can also
make improvements so that even if flood water gets into the
building, it causes less damage and makes drying-out and cleaning
faster and easier.
The National Flood Forum's website has
information on Flood Protection and
Know what the new flood warning codes
||This has replaced the former Flood Watch. A Flood
Alert means that flooding is possible and that you need to be
||This means that flooding is expected and that you should
take immediate action. You should take action when a flood
warning is issued and not wait for a severe flood warning.
||This means that there is severe flooding and danger to
life. These are issued when flooding is posing
significant risk to life or disruption to
for flooding follow this advice:
- Sign up to flood warnings from the
Environment Agency. These will keep you up-to-date on any
potential issues in your area;
- Put together a
Personal Flood Plan;
- Sign up to Worcestershire County Council's Twitter account.
Regular updates will be posted on there in the event of floods. To
follow us, either visit www.twitter.com/worcscc or
search for @worcscc on your Twitter application.
- Collect personal belongings, including insurance and bank
details, essential telephone numbers e.g. relatives and local
council numbers and keep them together in a water proof bag;
- Prepare a flood kit bag that is easily accessible to you, that
has essential items, e.g. warm clothes, torch, radio (battery or
wind up), food, water, money, bank cards, mobile phone, any
medication and medical devices, hearing aid batteries, glasses and
contact lenses and first aid kit. If you have a baby, pack nappies,
clothing and baby food;
- Buy flood insurance to protect your home and your
- Find out where and how to switch off your gas and
- Find out whether your local district council supplies
- If possible, move electrical equipment and furniture
- Alert neighbours and assist the elderly, infirm and those with
- Block doorways and air bricks;
- Avoid walking and driving through floodwater;
- Co-operate with any requests to evacuate your premises;
- If you are evacuated, domestic pets will be cared for by the
RSPCA while you are at the rest centre;
- Find out more information on what to do during and after the floods.
- National Flood
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home improvement trades people who have given their commitment
to provide good workmanship.
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This page was last reviewed 14 February 2014 at 10:51.
The page is next due for review 13 August 2015.