Before an emergency

Before an emergency

How to prepare

Consider the risks you might face:

Do you live in a flood risk area?

See also: 

  • DEFRA - flood portal
  • For information on some of the main risks which the Northumbria LRF has identified, go to the Community Risk Register.
  • The Environment Agency provides specific guidance on identifying if you live in a flood risk area and, if so, what actions you might take on their flood information page. 
  • Reducing Threat from River and Coastal Change.
  • Planning for emergencies in advance can minimise the disruption you might face and could even save lives. Have a look at Preparing for Emergencies for more advice.
  • You might also look at the interactive preparing for flood advice on the Environment Agency website and Flood Destroys - Be Prepared.
  • If you are threatened by flooding, look at flood protection products.
  • Consider making your own emergency checklist of the actions and key contacts you will need in the event of an emergency requiring you to evacuate from your home.
  • Consider putting together an emergency "Grab Bag" to keep in a safe place ready in case the worst happens.
  • Consider whether your buildings and contents insurance gives you cover for the key risks likely to affect your home. See Obtaining Flood Insurance in High Risk Areas. Make a note of insurance policy numbers and copies of the policies to keep in your Grab Bag.
  • Consider enrolling for a First Aid course for you / your family for any medical emergencies.
  • Identify where your gas / electricity and water services come into your home and how to turn them off (stop cocks) in the event of an emergency.
  • Make a list of key emergency service numbers (police, ambulance, fire and rescue, and water, gas, electricity suppliers for example) and keep a copy in the Grab Bag.
  • Make sure family members know where the Grab Bag is located and don't forget to update the contents of the emergency checklist from time to time as contact numbers etc may change.

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