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Flooding: Practical and personal advice on how to prepare, act and recover from a flood

Flooding: Practical and personal advice on how to prepare, act and recover from a flood

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Published by British Red Cross
The British Red Cross and the Environment Agency have worked in partnership to produce this guide to help you protect yourself from flooding.

The Red Cross responds to hundreds of emergencies, including flooding, in the UK every year.

Our fully trained volunteers are always on hand to give practical help and emotional support to those in need.

We work in partnership with the emergency services and local authorities, to support their work in responding to crisis.

We also offer training and advice on how you can deal more effectively with emergencies yourself.
The British Red Cross and the Environment Agency have worked in partnership to produce this guide to help you protect yourself from flooding.

The Red Cross responds to hundreds of emergencies, including flooding, in the UK every year.

Our fully trained volunteers are always on hand to give practical help and emotional support to those in need.

We work in partnership with the emergency services and local authorities, to support their work in responding to crisis.

We also offer training and advice on how you can deal more effectively with emergencies yourself.

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Published by: British Red Cross on Oct 11, 2010
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Flooding:
Practical and personal advice on howto prepare, act and recover from a flood
 
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Four steps to prepare for a flood
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Be informed
Start by finding out if you are atrisk of flooding by calling theEnvironment Agency’s Floodlineon 0845 988 1188
Put together aflood kit
See page 7 for what you wouldneed in your flood kit in advance
Prepare yourflood plan
Some simple planning canmake all the difference, goto pages 8 & 9
Be ready to act
Follow your plan and the other guidance inthis booklet.
 
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 About this booklet
 The British Red Cross and the Environment Agency have worked inpartnership to produce this guide to help you protect yourself from flooding.
 About the British Red Cross
 The Red Cross responds to hundreds of emergencies, including flooding, in the UKevery year.Our fully trained volunteers are always onhand to give practical help and emotionalsupport to those in need.We work in partnership with theemergency services and local authorities,to support their work in responding tocrisis.We also offer training and advice on howyou can deal more effectively withemergencies yourself.During a flood our response can include:
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Supporting evacuations of hospitals,care homes and other residents
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Staffing rest centres
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Support to the statutory services
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Distribution of supplies and emergencyprovisions
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Providing information to localcommunities.
 About the Environment Agency
 The Environment Agency works to makepeople aware of flooding from rivers andthe sea, and build and maintain flooddefences. Another of their roles is to offer a floodwarning service to those at risk. Theremay be a different service depending onwhere you live.On the following pages we hope you findall you need to know about flooding butto find out more you can phone theEnvironment Agency’s Floodlinenumberon0845 988 1188.
Cover Photo © Stephen Huntley Essex-PixIllustrations © BRCSPhoto © Layton Thomson (BRC)
 
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Check if you’re at risk of flooding
CallFloodlineon0845 988 1188(open 24 hours a day, seven days a week) tofind out if your home is at risk. If it is, followthe steps in this booklet to find out whatto do.
Register to receive free floodwarnings
If you are at risk of flooding you canreceive free flood warnings by phone, text,email, fax or pager. You will only receivewarnings for your area.
Know your Quickdial number for your area
 To find out your Quickdial number eithercall Floodline or if you are alreadyregistered, your Quickdial number will beat the end of any warning telephonemessage or text.
Top Tips>
 All calls to 0845 numbers are freefrom a BT landline. If you havehearing problems use the Floodlinetype talk number -0845 602 6340.
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If you are living on your own, whynot add a relative or friend to receivethe warning too. They will then knowwhen you need help.
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For more information tune into localweather, news and travel bulletins onthe radio and television.
 Are you at risk of flooding?
Over five million people currently live in areas that are at risk from flooding inEngland and Wales. Flooding can cause widespread damage to your homeand belongings. By making sure you and your family and friends know whatto do before, during and after a flood you can help reduce the impacts.
www.redcross.org.uk
BritishRed Cross
0844 871 1111
Be informed
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Try and keep water out:
Doors
– buy purpose-built flood boards that can be installed when flooding is imminent. You can also raise door thresholds.
Walls and floors
– raise damp-proof brick courses. Sealing floors (‘tanking’) canprevent water rising through the ground.
 Air bricks
– buy specially designed covers that are easy to place over ventilation bricks.
Drains and pipes
– fit non-return valves to drains and water inlet and outlet pipes.
…but accept that water might get in.
In the case of bigger floods this actually needs to happen otherwise the weight of thewater outside might cause the building to collapse. Here are some things you can do toreduce the damage floodwater might cause inside:
Doors and windows
– install synthetic orwaxed windows and doors, or varnish.
Electricals
– raise electrical sockets, fuseboxes, controls and wiring to at least 1.5metres above flood level. If rewiring, bringcables down the wall to the raised socketso that cabling isn’t affected.
Flooring
– lay tiles with rugs rather thanfitted carpets, which often need to bereplaced after a flood.
Home entertainment
– fix your audio-visual equipment, for example your TV andhi-fi, to the wall about 1.5 metres abovefloor level.
Flood products
Investing in flood products may save you a lot of money in the long term. The amount of money or time that you spend on flood products will bedependant on how often your property is likely to flood.
Kitchen and bathroom
– use water-resistant materials such as stainless steel,plastic or solid wood rather than chipboard.Where possible raise fridges and applianceson plinths.
Pump
– fit a pump in a basement or under-floor void to extract flood water.
Skirting
– fit water resistant skirting boards,or varnish them.
Shelving
– put irreplaceable or valuableitems on high mounted shelves.
Walls
– dry line. Use horizontal plasterboard,or lime-based plaster instead of gypsum. Geta special draining system for cavity walls.
Photo © Layton Thomson (BRC)

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