Are You Prepared for a Flood?

Loss prevention tips for all your home matters provided by TH March.

Did You Know?

Floods are one of the most common disasters across Britain, according to government statistics. Even small streams, dry streambeds or low-lying ground that appear harmless in dry weather can flood. Plus, it only takes a few centimetres of water to cause major damage to your home.

When A Flood Warning Is Issued:

  • Move your family, pets and valuables to a safe place.
  • Turn off gas, electricity and water supplies if safe to do so.
  • Put flood protection equipment in place.

When A Severe Flood Warning Is Issued:

  • Stay in a safe place with a means of escape.
  • Be ready should you need to evacuate from your home.
  • Co-operate with the emergency services and call 999 if you are in immediate danger.

After A Flood:

  • Throw away food that is not safe to eat and use bottled water until your local authority has determined that mains water is safe to drink and to use for cooking.
  • Stay away from damaged buildings and structures.
  • Do not touch downed power lines.
  • Do not turn on your power until a qualified electrician has determined that it is safe to do so.
  • Wear protective clothing when handling hazardous materials or cleaning up mould.
  • Clean up flood damage promptly.

Prepare a family disaster plan by doing the following:

  • Keep insurance policies and other valuables in a secure location.
  • Identify where you could go if you were told to evacuate. Choose several places, such as a friend’s home nearby, a budget hotel or a shelter.
  • Keep written instructions for turning off electricity, gas and water.

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