Flood awareness advent calendar

27 November 2014

Welcome to our Flood Awareness Advent Calendar.

Throughout this season of Advent, we're going to take you on a journey to prepare your home or business so that you can minimise the impact of possible flooding.

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Day One - Find out if your property is at risk

We need to start by establishing if your home or business is at risk of flooding. Much work has been done by the Environment Agency and local authorities over the past 2 years to update information on flood risk. There’s always been plenty of data on sea and river flooding but the new flood risk maps will also show you areas at risk of surface water flooding. Surface water flooding is becoming more prevalent with, and is exacerbated by, more and more hard surfaces such as roads, coupled with extreme weather events such as heavy downpours in short spaces of time.

To access the flood risk maps click here.

All you need to do is follow the link, type in the post code of the property you’re concerned about and select which map you want to view:

  • Risk of Flooding from Rivers or Sea
  • Risk of Flooding from Reservoirs
  • Risk of Flooding from Surface Water

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Flood risk map from rivers and sea for Newground

Even if your property is shown at low risk of flooding on these maps, circumstances might conspire locally to put you at risk. In autumn, leaf fall can prevent water flowing into surface water drains, whilst government cutbacks have seen the sump cleaning of such drains cut drastically. Think back to the last time you saw a sump cleaner vehicle in your street. It most likely was some time ago. Blocked drains means surface water has to go somewhere else - hopefully not down your garden path to your front door!

  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

Day -twoDay two - sign up for free Flood Warnings Direct

Now that you know the flood risk associated with your property you should think of ways to be alerted to possible flooding.

The simplest way is to sign up to the Environment Agency’s free Floodline Warnings Direct service. You will have seen the Floodline telephone number (0345 988 1188) published during weather forecasts involving possible flooding, but with the Floodline Warnings Direct service you can have personal alerts.

The alerts can be in a number of formats:

  1. Call to your landline
  2. Call to your mobile
  3. Text to your mobile
  4. Email to your personal or work account.

So with the last two alert formats, even if you're getting some winter sun in the Canaries, you'll know if there's a possibility of flooding at the post code that you've registered. These types of alerts are particularly useful to business owners who may live some distance from their business premises.

These alerts/warnings are not available to every property - only those located in at-risk areas. But there are other ‘triggers' if you live outside of an at-risk area, which we'll cover on another Advent Calendar day.

To find out if you can sign up for the Environment Agency’s Floodline Warnings Direct head to their website.

  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

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Day three - Not in a flood warnings area? Identify other 'triggers' you can utilise.

Even if you don't live in an area that's at risk of flooding, it's still important for you to be aware of any other triggers that might affect your home or business. To find out more, read this article about paying attention to the weather forecast and why it pays to be cautious.  

 

 Flash flooding caused by heavy rain falling in a short amount of time.
  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

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Day four - Start your personal flood plan today!

Act now by planning what you would do in a flood.  It only takes ten minutes to complete a personal flood plan for your home or business and doing this now will save you valuable time and reduce damage if you’re flooded.  

Download a flood plan template for your home.

Download a flood plan template for your business.

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  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

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Day five - Know where your utility points are

If you've downloaded the personal flood plan from day 4, you'll know that one of the 3 main sections is about locating your utilities isolation points.  To find out more about the other 2 main sections, head to this article about creating your own flood plan.

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  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan 

 

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Day six - List your important personal contacts.

We live nowadays in nuclear families with small (if non-existent) wider families that live some distance away. What happens in times of crisis in our communities? Do we look after our own with little thought for those less fortunate around us? Could we do better?

Take a look at our article about taking care of your community in times of crisis and find out what we should all be doing to help our neighbours when they need it most.

  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

 

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Day seven - List your utility contact details

How many times do you see flood events on the television or in the press and think "that won’t happen to me"?

A staggering 1 in 6 people live in a flood risk area in the UK and it's likely that this figure will rise with more extreme weather events predicted.

Read this article about the common misconceptions of flooding, and then go to the 'utility contact details' of your flood plan and get them filled in!

  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

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Day eight - check your insurance cover

A new scheme will be launched in 2015 to help householders obtain affordable insurance for their flood-risk homes, but what can you do in the meantime? Read this article about getting the best deal for your flood insurance and find out.

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  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

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Day nine - move valuable and sentimental items out of harms way

When properties flood, belongings (and stock in the case of businesses) that are on or near the floor on the groundfloor are vulnerable to water damage. This damage usually leads to total destruction and loss. Electrical items such as computers, Sky receivers, charging telephones and laptops along with televisions and sound systems are commonly placed on the floor and will be totally lost by floodwater ingress. What about documents also? Any important paperwork including passports or insurance documents and the like can be destroyed by floodwater. Photographs of the children growing up or of other important milestones in your life stored in floor-mounted cupboards are irreplaceable and of hugh sentimental value but they could be totally lost.

Take a look around the ground floor and identify valuable items that should really be placed somewhere out of harms way. The definition of valuable here is not just in replacement costs, but the value to you. 

Our blog article today looks a little beyond property level protection and asks the question: "Should sustainable drainage be made a priority?" 

  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

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Day ten - How are you getting on with your Flood Plan?

If you haven't gotten round to completing it yet, why not take another look at our article on putting together your personal Flood Plan.  When all around you are splashing about with little coordination and a lot of panic, you’ll be completely prepared, know what action to take and be able to minimise the impact of the flood on your family or business.

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  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

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Day eleven - Prepare a Flood Kit  

If your property is at risk of flooding there may come a time when you have to evacuate due to flooding.  Read this article to find out how to prepare a Flood Kit to make sure you're prepared.

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  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

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Day twelve - Warm clothes and waterproof footwear are essential!  

How many times do you see flood events on the television or in the press and think that won’t happen to me?

A staggering 1 in 6 people live in a flood risk area in the UK and it's likely that this figure will rise with more extreme weather events predicted.  Take a look at our article about extreme weather and the misconceptions of flooding.

  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

 

DaythirteenDay thirteen - Medication supplies for all those in the household will be needed if evacuating.

Have you prepared your flood kit yet?  Don't forget to place all your essential medication and medical supplies in your kit, or at least somewhere that you can easily access them in an emergency.  Read this article to find out how to prepare a Flood Kit and what else you need to prepare. 

  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

 

DayfourteenDay fourteen - Review how flood water might enter your home or business.

Consider the ways that flood water might enter your building or home and ensure you've made preparations for a flooding event.  You could consider the use of sand bags or the more efficient alternative sand bags at your front door and other entrances that are at risk.  Think about the effect of cars driving past in flood water and creating waves that rise over the flood water - how can you prevent damage resulting form this?  Read our article about driving through flood water for more information.  

  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

 

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Day fifteen - Do you need to be flood resistant? Or just flood resilient?

Do you know the difference between flood resilient and flood resistant?  One is where every effort is made to stop flood water entering a property, the other is where the impact of flood water entering a property is reduced.  Find out which is which and what you should be doing to prepare your property or business by reading this article on flood resistance and flood resilience.  

  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

 

DaysixteenDay sixteen - Identify flood resistance and flood resilience measures.

Once you've identified flood resistance and flood resilience measures, you need to stay informed about the risk of flooding. Checking the weather forecast is a good way to be prepared for events that may affect our property.  Read this article about weather forecasts and why it pays to stay informed

  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

 

DayseventeenDay seventeen - Doorways, windows, air bricks AND downstairs toilets/drains need attention. 

Doorways, windows, air bricks and downstairs toilets and drains are susceptible to flooding, including sewage.  So it's a good idea to concentrate on these areas when preparing your home.  You should also make sure your home insurance covers you in the event of a flooding incident.  Read our article on how to get the best deal for your home insurance.

  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

 

DayeighteenDay eighteen - Time to think about the neighbours.

We live nowadays in nuclear families with small (if non-existent) wider families that live some distance away. What happens in times of crisis in our communities? Do we look after our own with little thought for those less fortunate around us? Could we do better? Read our article about looking after our neighbours in time of crisis.

  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

DayninteenDay 19 - How far have we got with the Flood Plan?

It’s been raining forever. The local streams are bursting their banks. Suddenly there’s water lapping at the entrance door. What do I do now? Activate your Personal Flood Plan! Read our article about creating your own flood plan.

  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

Daytwenty Day 20 - Local waterways and drains should be monitored and kept clear.

Several factors contribute to flooding. Two key elements are rainfall intensity and duration. Intensity is the rate of rainfall, and duration is how long the rain lasts. Read our article about what causes flooding.

  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

DaytwentyoneDay 21 - Alternative sandbags come in all shapes and sizes

There are a wide range of alternative sand bags on the market now. They range in size from strips you place around your vulnerable doorframe to several metre long boons to divert flowing water as in a flash flood. Read our article to find out which sandbag is best for you.

  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

DaytwentytwoDay 22 - Property Level Protection

Having made your property flood resilient inside by putting into place simple measures some property level protection (PLP) will make it more flood resistant. There are a whole host of measures you could implement and of course, they range in price considerably. Read our article to find out what level of property level protection is best for you.

  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

DaytwentythreeDay 23 -Make a New Year's resolution to develop a community flood plan

Many communities already help one another in times of need, but those who have spent time planning and preparing for any eventuality are better able to cope during an emergency and, most importantly, recover more quickly afterwards. The value of planning at the community level cannot be under-estimated. Read our article to find out about making a community flood plan.

  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

DaytwentyfourDay 24 - Know your risk- Be prepared- Have a plan

It’s been raining forever. The local streams are bursting their banks. Suddenly there’s water lapping at the entrance door. What do I do now? Activate your Personal Flood Plan! Read our article to learn how to create your own personal flood plan.

  • Know your risk
  • Be prepared
  • Have a plan

 



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