What to do in a flood

 
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We are supporting the Environment Agency's Flood Action Campaign

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There are 5.2 million homes and businesses in England at risk of flooding. Don’t
assume it's not you.

Whether you live on a hill, in a flat or in an area that's never flooded before, flooding can still affect you, putting your home, your possessions and your family at risk.

In England there are over 5 million properties at risk of flooding, but most people assume it'll never happen to them. According to recent polling, only a third of people in areas at risk of flooding believe that their home could be at risk.

And with climate change already causing more frequent, intense flooding and sea level rise, we all need to know what to do, should the worst happen.

Knowing what to do in a flood could save your life

According to the Environment Agency, the average cost of flooding to a home is around £30,000. Flooding also brings a significant risk to life. The mental health impacts of flooding can last for 2 years or more after flooding has happened. Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect up to a third of people who have been flooded.

But, crucially, taking steps to prepare for flooding, and knowing what to do in a flood can
significantly reduce the damages to a home and possessions (by around 40%), reduce risk to life, and reduce the likelihood of suffering from mental health impacts in the future.

Know how to Prepare. Act. Survive

The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to prepare for flooding.

Knowing what to do in a flood could help keep you and your family safe, and save you thousands of pounds in damages and disruption.

For more information and to find out if you are at risk visit the what to do in a flood page on GOV.UK to get prepared.

What the flood warnings mean

There are 3 levels of flood warning:

Flood alert - Prepare

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  • prepare a bag that includes medicines and insurance documents
  • check flood warnings

Flood warning - Act

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  • turn off gas, water and electricity
  • move things upstairs or to safety
  • move family, pets and car to safety

Severe flood warning - Survive

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  • call 999 if in immediate danger
  • follow advice from emergency services
  • keep yourself and your family safe