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Environment Agency calls for people to safeguard their homes from flood risk

by Jonathan Kearney

The Environment Agency is calling on people to ‘Prepare. Act. Survive.’ to help mitigate the risk of floods.

As part of Flood Action Week, the Environment Agency has said that over 5.2 million homes and businesses in England are at risk from flooding, but many have no idea they are at risk.

A recent study revealed that one in eight people have no idea whether they live in a flood risk area, meaning millions could be at risk of being caught out by a flood.

This makes it more important than ever for everyone to check their flood risk online, and for those in flood risk areas to follow the Environment Agency’s Prepare. Act. Survive.’ plan to safeguard their treasured homes and possessions.

Caroline Douglass, Director of Incident Management & Resilience at the Environment Agency, said:

“Just as they will be aware of Covid 19 restrictions, we’re urging everyone to check whether they live in an area at risk from flooding and know the simple steps to remain prepared – such as moving possessions upstairs and preparing a grab bag with medicines and important documents. This will help reduce the damage and keep yourself and your family safe.”

Know your risk

  • Find out if you’re at risk – Use this postcode checker to see if you live in flood risk area
  • If you do live in a flood risk area sign up for flood warnings. These warn of the risk of flooding from rivers, the sea and groundwater. You’ll be alerted by phone, email or text when flooding is expected.

Flood alert – Prepare

Flood warning – Act

  • Turn off gas, water and electricity
  • Move important documents and valuable processions upstairs or to safety
  • Move family, pets and car to safety

Severe flood warning – Survive

  • Call 999 if in immediate danger
  • Follow advice from emergency services
  • Keep yourself and your family safe