The Environment Agency offers the following steps to prepare for flooding at your home. See the advice on their website here.
If you are already flooded, advice on what to do next and how to stay safe is here
Call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or 0845 988 1188
If your home has not yet flooded, but is in danger of doing so:
- Check your flood risk, using the Environment Agency's map here
- Check your risk of flooding from surface water, using this map
- If you live near a reservoir, check if it's likely to flood here
- Sign up for flood warnings - if you think your area is likely to flood, you can receive warnings by phone, text or email, just go to the link here
- Find out how to make a flood plan
- Prepare your home for flooding. The Environment Agency suggests you contact local builders' merchants for stocks of bags and sand. They have a guide on how to use sandbags here
- Find out more about keeping floodwater out here
Prepare your property in advance to reduce the damage floodwater might cause inside, making drying out and cleaning up quicker and easier.
- Shelving: keep irreplaceable or valuable items on high mounted shelves.
- Home entertainment: fix your audio-visual equipment such as your TV and hi-fi to the wall, about 1.5 metres above floor level.
- Skirting: fit water-resistant skirting boards or varnish wooden ones.
- Walls: use horizontal plasterboard or lime-based plaster to dry-line, instead of gypsum. Get a special draining system for cavity walls.
- Floors: lay tiles with rugs rather than fitted carpets.
- Internal doors: fit synthetic or waxed doors, or make sure wooden doors are easy to remove before a flood.
- External doors and windows: install synthetic or waxed windows and doors, or varnish wooden ones.
- Kitchen and bathroom: use water-resistant materials such as stainless steel, plastic or solid wood rather than chipboard. Where possible raise fridges and other appliances on plinths.
- Electricals: raise electrical sockets, fuse boxes, controls and wiring to at least 1.5 metres above floor level. If re-wiring, bring cables down the wall to the raised sockets so cabling isn’t affected by flood water.
- Large items: buy extra large, sealable bags that you can use to protect items that are difficult to move such as electrical goods and sofas.