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Developing a Flood Plan for the Home

Home Flood Plan

Flooding can be devastating. Not only can it cause terrible damage, but getting things back to normal can take a lot of time, money and effort. That is why you should have a flood plan in place.

Developing a flood plan can be quick and easy, and will help to minimise the damage caused by flooding.

Planning for a flood should begin long before the rain does. Start by checking your home and contents insurance. If you are not covered for flood damage, make sure you change your insurance plan.

Many insurers will expect you to take reasonable steps to protect your home in the event of a flood. You should ensure that valuables are kept upstairs and that you invest in some sandbags.

Sandbags can hold back water and prevent serious damage to your home.

You should also ensure that you keep your insurance documents in a watertight folder, along with emergency contacts and other important documents.

Also, make sure that you know how to switch off the electricity and gas in your home. You may want to place instructions near the mains switches so you know how to do this in an emergency.

You should also decide what to do if you need to evacuate. You may want to find out if there is an evacuation centre nearby, or whether you will travel to a friend or relative’s. However, if travelling could be dangerous you should remain in your home with your flood kit.

Your flood kit could be all you have to rely on during a particularly bad flood. During this time, you could be stuck at home for several hours without power. So, your flood kit should contain:

  • a torch with spare batteries
  • waterproof clothing
  • blankets
  • a basic first aid kit
  • bottled water
  • a radio
  • a mobile phone.

This will allow you to stay up to date with what is happening and, if necessary, contact the emergency services.

You should also ensure that your flood kit is within easy reach. You may need to find it in the dark.

Preparing for a flood can dramatically reduce the damage caused and will help you get back to normal much faster.

For more help and advice with preparing your flood plan for your home you might like to visit :
Environment Agency - Personal & Community Flood Plan Downloads
Floodline Scotland
National Flood Forum
Scottish Flood Forum

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