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Be prepared for flooding

Flooding is dangerous and can happen very quickly. The effects can be devastating.

  • The latest news from the Environment Agency, visit: Flood Warnings.
  • For flood advice and useful contacts, please see: Flooding.

There are a number of things you can do to prepare for flooding to keep yourself and your family safe.

Free flood warnings

More than 1.4 million people are signed up for free flood warnings. It gives them vital time to save themselves and their possessions from the devastating effects of flooding. Sign up for flood warnings online or call the Floodline: 0345 988 1188.

Three-point flood plan

If you get a flood warning or flooding is expected, follow the Environment Agency's three-point flood plan:

  • Prepare - Check your flood risk (GOV.UK) and keep up to date with the latest situation. You can also call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 for updates. Have a bag ready with vital items in case you need to leave your home.
  • Act - Stay tuned to local media and listen to advice and directions given by the emergency services. Move vital, valuable and items that cannot be replaced upstairs or to safety. Turn off gas, water and electric.
  • Survive - Call 999 if you are in immediate danger. Listen to the emergency services and evacuate if asked to do so.

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