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Preparing for a flood

Simple steps to prepare for flooding – this list is not exhaustive.

  1. Make sure you have the correct insurance cover – please check your building and contents or business policy with your insurance company.
  2. Find out how to turn off your gas, electricity and water supplies.
  3. Keep a list of useful telephone numbers (including your GP details, insurance claim line & policy number).
  4. Put together an emergency flood kit.
  5. Think about the needs of children, babies, elderly, the disabled at home and your pets. Don’t forget to check on your neighbours.
  6. Take detailed photos of your property and contents NOW before any flood occurs.
  7. Make an action plan to use in the event of a flood:
    • Identify and list urgent actions in priority of value.
    • What needs to be moved upstairs.
    • How are you going to prevent water entering the property.
    • Make sure you have the means to keep warm, food, flasks, etc.
    • Mobile phone chargers, computer data and photographs stored safely.
    • Most things can be replaced, family photographs, often cannot – move them to safety in good time.
    • Move your car to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.