Creating a flood plan
A flood plan is a simple strategy that will allow quick and efficient security of life and valuable resources within a property. This may be for a workplace or domestic property. The Environment Agency have produced this short manual that details what should be included in a flood action plan. The guidance also gives advice on the people that you should contact in an emergency. A document outlining what should be included in both your flood plan and flood survival kit, is available here. Both of these documents contain useful advice.
If you require any extra assistance or have a disability, then your local council may keep records of those people who require extra help in the time of a flood event. You can find contact details of your local council here.
Creating a flood survival kit
In your home a flood survival kit may be the most vital resource you have in an emergency flood situation. It is advised that you prepare TWO separate kits. The first kit will contain everything you may need in case you are trapped in your property for a few days. The other kit should contain items you will require if you have to leave the property in a hurry.
A flood kit should contain/cater for the following as a minimum:
- Food and Drink supplies – ideally supplies for three days per person in the property, these should require no preparation.
- First aid and medication – a full first aid kit should be part of your flood kit, clean all open wounds thoroughly with antibacterial wipes.
- Pet Items – remember to include supplies for your pets (including food and medicine).
- Light and communications – include a fully charged mobile phone to hand, a torch with spare batteries and a wind-up radio to follow local radio updates. A good supply of matches and candles would also be recommended in case of lost power.
- Protective Clothing and blankets – warm and clean clothing is essential in case power to your house is lost.
- Hygiene – antibacterial and wipes or hand sanitising gels.
- Important documents – copies of important documents such as your insurance policy and medical documents. These may be paper or digital documents (possibly stored on a USB).
- Cash – necessary for an emergency.
- Keys – spare keys to your property.