UK Flooding - Protect Yourself From Floods

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Published on November 23, 2009

Author: akaassistedclaims



If you wanted to know whether you were at risk from flooding or how you can proect yourself, this this publication has all that you need to know about flood protection.

UK Flooding  Protect Yourself from Floods Local: 0845 686 0845           www.aka‐ Local: 0845 686 0845           www.aka‐

UK Flooding Protect Yourself from Floods There are over 5 million people at risk in the UK from  flooding.  With figures like these, everyone should be  vigilant and think about their plan to deal with  flooding. Are you at risk from flooding? The Environment Agency have created a map that you can  use to find out whether you are at risk from flooding.   Simply enter you postcode or town name to see whether  you fall into the 5 million people at risk.   Once you know whether you are at risk, your county  council will know more about the flood defences in place  and what you can do to protect your home.   Local: 0845 686 0845           www.aka‐

Calculating Flood Risk Flood risk is calculated by the likelihood of flooding and the  damage that the flooding could do.  It is important to look  at the probability of different degrees of flooding and its  impact on the surrounding areas. You will have heard recently that the flooding in Cumbria  and the damage caused being calculated as 1 in 100 years.   This is because the likelihood of this type of flooding and  the damage caused is calculated at happening 1 in 100  years. A flood risk assessment is carried out on an area, taking  into account whether there is a source of water in the local  vicinity, the path that water takes during a flood, the  impact on the surrounding areas including to people,  property and land. Local: 0845 686 0845           www.aka‐

Protecting yourself from a flood Be Prepared There are several things that you can do to be prepared for  a flood. 1. Check that you are covered by your insurance for a flood.   Many people are no longer covered, so you should check  your policy. 2. Make sure that you know how to turn off gas, electric  and your water.  The last thing that you want is too  exacerbate the situation further. 3. Get a flood kit together, containing a torch, warm  clothes, a radio so you can get updates on the weather and  some non‐perishable food. 4. Make a plan of what you and your family will do in the  eventuality of a flood.  Decide on where you will meet and  how you will contact each other. 5. Decide on a place for valuables that you can move now  like photographs and family heirlooms. Local: 0845 686 0845           www.aka‐

6. Think about what you should do with pets and large  furniture.  Some people have adopted attaching yoghurt  pots to the legs of tables and chairs, so protect them from  water. 7. Make sure that you have a list of useful telephone  numbers to hand during a flood, including the Floodline 0845 988 1188. Don’t forget your community in a flood The Environment Agency are urging people to remember  their community in a flood and a check on neighbours or  people that they might be in danger.  Working together will  help communities to get themselves back on their feet and  look after those who have been worse affected. Local: 0845 686 0845           www.aka‐

Reducing Flood Damage You will want to reduce the damage done to your property  and with this in mind: YOU SHOULD... find out whether there is a community flood defence  system in place.   think about where the flood water comes from and  where you are in relation to it.  This will help you to  determined how much warning you will get  and the depth  of the water by the time it gets to you. consider the kind of property that you have and the type  of ground that it is on. Local: 0845 686 0845           www.aka‐

Keeping the water out It is virtually impossible to keep flood water out of your  property if you are in the line of fire, but there are things  that you can do to keep as much of the water out. 1. Think about the height of your door thresholds and  whether raising the threshold could help prevent the water  from getting into your property.  This could help during  shallow floods.  You can also buy purpose built flood  boards for external doors and windows that can be  installed when flooding is forecast. 2. Ventilation bricks are important for your property but  can allow water into your home or business.  There are  specially designed covers that can stop water; either by  permanently blocking the water or by being applied prior  to any flooding. 3. Waste water can back up during a flood, so with this in  mind you should fit non‐return valves to drains and water  pipes, ensuring that the water only goes one way. 4. Water can raise up from the ground and effect floor  boards, so you should seal them and where possible  replace wooden flooring with concrete. Local: 0845 686 0845           www.aka‐

5. You can build free standing flood barrier, but if you are  one of several properties in a location in the high risk flood  category, then consider coming together with your  neighbours to build such flood defences. 6. Divert the flood water by re‐landscaping garden areas  and driveways, to take the water away from the property. 7. Sandbags are a time honoured tradition in terms of  protecting properties and businesses from flooding.  They  aren't the best way of dealing with a flood, but can help. Local: 0845 686 0845           www.aka‐

What should I do if it does flood? In order to avoid stupid incidents, remember to put lives  before property.  Cooperate with emergency services as  they are trained to deal with flooding and when you put  yourself at risk, you put them at risk too. Sign up for Flood Warnings The Environment Agency are encouraging people to sign up  to their Flood Warnings system, which will warn you if you  are going to be effected by a flood. Go to the Environment Agency for further details. http://www.environment‐ You can also go to the following TV channels to check what  is happening: Teletext Page 159, BBC Ceefax Page 419 and Digital Ceefax Page 405. Don’t forget to check local weather, news and travel  bulletins. Local: 0845 686 0845           www.aka‐

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