Presented by Hartlepool Coast Watch  -  Members of The Sea Safety Group


Before A Flood


Know where you can find out if a flood warning is in force for your area. This will give you advance notice to prepare for a flood event. Information can be found at :-


Floodline : 0845 988 1188      24 Hours a Day

www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood

Teletext Page 159

BBC Ceefax Page 419

Digital Ceefax Page 405

Local Weather Travel and News Bulletins.


Start Preparing today – Before a flood happens


Use the following steps as a flood plan :


1. Check your insurance cover


Check your buildings and contents policy

Confirm you are covered for flooding.

Find out if the policy replaces new for old and whether it has a limit on repairs.

Don’t underestimate the value of your contents.


2. Know how to turn off your Gas, Electricity and Water Mains supplies


Ask your supplier how to do this.

Mark Taps or switches with labels to help you remember.


3. Prepare a flood kit of essential items


Copies of your home insurance documents

A torch with spare batteries

A wind up or battery Radio

Warm Waterproof clothing and blankets

A first aid kit and necessary medication

Bottled water and non-perishable food

Baby food and baby care items


4. Know who to contact and how


Agree where you will go and how to contact each other.

Check with your local council if pets are allowed at evacuation centres

Keep a list with all your important contacts to hand.


5. Think about what you can move now


Don’t wait for a flood. Move items of personal value such as, photo albums, family videos and

treasured mementos to a safe place.


6. Think about what you would want to move to safety during a flood


Outdoor pets

Cars

Furniture

Electrical Equipment

Garden pot plants and furniture