Flood Action Week 7th Nov – 11th Nov

3rd November 2022 News

Don’t get caught out – flooding can happen to you.

Recent polling suggests nearly two in three households at risk from flooding do not believe their homes could flood[i]. But just because flooding hasn’t happened to you in the past, it doesn’t mean it won’t happen in the future.

In England there are over 5 million properties at risk of flooding[ii]. The research shows that people who haven’t taken action to prepare for flooding are in the clear minority (30%), but this still means that as many as 1.5 million households who are at risk are yet to prepare. With climate change already causing more frequent, intense flooding and sea level rise, we all need to know what to do, should the worst happen.

The risks of not taking action

According to the Environment Agency, the average cost of flooding to a home is around £30,000. Flooding also brings a significant risk to life. The mental health impacts of flooding can last for 2 years or more after flooding has happened. Depression, anxiety and PTSD can affect up to a third of people who have been flooded.

But, crucially, taking steps to prepare for flooding, and knowing what to do in a flood can significantly reduce the damages to a home and possessions (by around 40%)[iii], reduce risk to life, and reduce the likelihood of suffering from mental health impacts in the future. 

Know how to Prepare. Act. Survive.

The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to prepare for flooding, which could help keep you and your family safe, and save you thousands of pounds in damages and disruption.

How to plan ahead for flooding.

Would you know what to do in a flood? Flood Alert - Prepare. Prepare a bag that includes medicine and insurance documents. Flood Warning - Act. Turn off gas, water and electricity. More things upstairs or to safety. Move family, pets and car to safety. Severe Flood Warning - Survive. Call 999 if in danger. Follow advice from emergency services. Keep yourself and your family safe.

[i] Environment Agency Public Flood Survey, March 2021

[ii] Environment Agency National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy, July 2020

[iii] Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management: Quantifying the Benefits, February 2021

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