What to do if a flood alert is issued?

If you do receive a weather alert and your home is at risk of flooding, here is a check list for the final precautions you can take to reduce the damage.

Internal checklist

  • Take detailed photos
    of your property and contents to help with any potential claim.
  • Airbricks 
    Close the covers on your airbricks or use airbrick covers to stop flood water from entering.
  • Floodsacks
    These should be placed on both sides of your door
  • Drape curtains over their poles
    unless you have time to remove them.
  • Move valuables higher
    Move what you can upstairs or to a higher level.
  • Sinks
    Put plugs in sinks and weigh them down to stop backflow in toilets.

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  • Electricals
    Unplug and move electricals.
  • Protect large valuables
    Get your large sealable bags to wrap up large items, e.g. electrical goods or sofas that may be too hard to move. Tip: Use wellies or buckets for table legs to reduce damage.
  • Essential supplies
    Get your emergency grab bag and essential supplies.

Flood protection - short term preventive measures

external checklist

Here are some steps you can take to help protect your home.

  • Vehicles
    Try to move vehicles to higher ground as soon as possible!
  • Floodsacks
    These should be placed on both sides of your door.
  • Mains supplies
    Turn off your mains water, gas and electricity if it’s safe to do so.

For further guidance on what to do, use this Household Flood Plan from Flood Mary.

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What not to do

  • Don’t use sandbags
    use flood bags or sacks, as these are much more effective than sandbags.
  • Try not to walk in the water
    as it could be contaminated with sewage.
  • Avoid driving
    on flooded roads.
  • Don’t stop the car
    in standing water, and drive through the highest section of the road slowly.

  • Sign up for flood alerts if you haven't already, by phone, email or text.
  • Check your home insurance to make sure you are covered for flood damage
  • Keep yourself, your family and any pets safe
  • Consider how you could help vulnerable friends or neighbours.