Protect Your Property From Flooding
How to protect your property from flooding -
Preparing for a flood could save your family, possessions and livelihood.
Flooding is dangerous and can happen very quickly. The effects can be devastating.
There are a number of things you can do to prepare for flooding to keep yourself and your family safe:
Prepare a flood plan.
A flood plan can help you to prepare for flooding and reduce the impact it might have to your home, business or community, it can also help with the recovery process.
You may be able to download a flood plan template from your local flood agency or council or put your own together using the following list as a guide:
- A list of useful contact numbers - including your local council, utility providers and your insurance company
- How to shut off your electricity or gas supply
- Move your valuable belongings to a safe place
- What would you need to move to safety during a flood – think about your pets, car, furniture
- Who could you ask for help?
- Could you offer to help vulnerable friends or neighbours?
Prepare a flood kit.
Think about putting together an emergency flood kit with essential items that will help you cope in a flood, including:
- We can provide you with a pre-made flood protection kit. See our FloodMate here.
- Insurance documents and list of contact numbers
- Torch & spare batteries
- First aid kit and any prescription medicines
- Warm waterproof clothes and blankets
- Bottled water and snacks
- Battery or wind-up radio
- Supplies for looking after your baby or pet.
Invest in some flood protection equipment.
Think about making your property resilient to flooding. To reduce flood damage, you could lay tiles instead of carpets, move electrical sockets up the wall and fit non-return valves. If you know you live in an area at risk of flooding, you could consider installing some flood protection products:
- Floodboards – can be fixed to your doors and windows
- Plastic covers to seal airbricks
- Sandbags (our HydroSack's are a clean, easy to store and fit alternative to sandbags for low level flooding.
- Flood water pumps
Article courtesy of www.metoffice.gov.uk