Emergency Guide in Flood Situations
Simple steps to prepare for flooding, loss of power or loss of water.
- Find out how to turn off your gas, electricity and water supplies.
- Think about the needs of your children, babies, elderly and the disabled at home – and ensure they know what to do in an emergency.
- Make sure you have the correct insurance cover.
- Make an emergency kit
- Keep a list of useful numbers (including your insurance, telephone and policy numbers)
If floods are forecast
- Listen out for severe weather warnings for flash floods on local radio and TV and phone Floodline 0845 988 1188 for information.
- Move pets, vehicles, valuables and other sentimental items and important documents to safety
- Prepare your sandbags. In an emergency create your own with pillowcases or carrier bags filled with sand or soil.
- Prepare food that you can eat without cooking, clean bottled water, warm clothes.
- Charge your mobile phone.
If floods are imminent
- Alert vulnerable neighbours.
- Switch off gas, electricity and water at the mains.
- Ensure sandbags or flood boards and airbrick covers are in place.
- Plug sinks/baths or low-level shower trays and weigh them down to prevent backflow.
- Store smaller electrical appliances and furniture as high as possible.
- Do as much as you can in daylight. It will be much harder at night, particularly if the electricity fails.
- In case of flash flooding, evacuate basement flats immediately and seek higher ground.
On the road
- Avoid travel but if you must, drive slowly and cautiously.
- You may know your local roads very well, but a flood can alter the landscape dramatically and turn a quiet road into a potential hazard.
- Don’t drive through water if you can’t tell how deep it is. Around half a metre of water is all it takes to float many cars.
- Aquaplaning is much more likely in flood conditions.
- Drive considerately - keep speed below 10mph: remember your bow-wave could flood nearby homes.
- Don’t drive down closed roads
- 80% of flood-related deaths occur inside a vehicle. If your car stalls in the water, do not attempt to recover it - leave it and move yourself to safe ground.
- Let someone know your travel plans.
If you have to evacuate
- Emergency services will tell you if you have to evacuate. Follow their instructions carefully.
- Remain calm and leave as quickly as possible.
- Get your family and pets together.
- Check if neighbours need help.
- Make sure fires are out and appliances are turned off.
- Shut all windows and lock doors.
- Emergency accommodation will be provided at a rest centre set up for you. You can arrange to stay with family of friends, or your insurance may cover the cost of alternative accommodation.
- If you decide to stay with family or friends let the police or your council know.
- Do not return home unless you are told by authorities that it is safe to do so.
- Take your emergency kit, including prescription medicines.
|www3.hants.gov.uk||Flood advice from Hampshire County Council|