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How to prepare
Consider the risks you might face:
Do you live in a flood risk area?
Flood risk maps -
Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Information
Check your risk from
Surface Water Flooding
If you are at risk from flooding, think about preparing a
personal flood plan
are and how they affect you, and look
at Homeowners Guide to Flood Resilience - A Living Document
Do you live near any industrial processing industries? Click here for
Do you live on the coast in an area subject to erosion?
Do you live in an area where power / utilities are often subject to disruption in severe weather?
Look at "Get ready for Winter"
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
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
on the Environment Agency website and
Flood Destroys - Be Prepared
If you are threatened by flooding, look at
Consider making your own
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 "
" 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
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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