How to Prepare an Emergency Flood Plan
Flooding occurs quickly and often unexpectedly, leaving you little time to act. Creating an emergency flood plan will prepare you for the worst and help you avert any disaster.
Primed for Imminent AttackFlood emergencies give you little time to take action and prepare your family and your home. However, if an emergency flood plan has been carefully prepared in advance, everyone in the house will know what to do when the warning sounds and how to quickly prime the property for imminent attack.
Preparing the Flood KitA flood kit is a vital lifeline in case the worst comes to the worst and you are stranded in your home. If your electricity has been cut off, food and drink destroyed, and means of communication disabled, then the kit should be able to provide sufficient aid. It therefore should contain at least these basic essentials:
- Bottled water and non-perishable foodstuffs.,
- A torch with a spare set of batteries.
- A radio – either wind-up or one with a spare set of batteries. This is essential both to keep track of news reports and for morale-boosting entertainment.
- Warm and waterproof clothing, plus blankets.
- First aid kit, plus any appropriate health medication.
- All insurance documents sealed in a waterproof plastic bag.
The flood kit should be easily accessible but not stored in the ground floor part of the property, as this is a high flood risk area. If there is no upstairs for it to be stored then it should instead be kept in a high place.
Provisions for Young ChildrenIf young children are part of your family unit then you should prepare a flood kit especially for them. Make a list of all the essential items you will need in order to keep your youngster contented. This could include milk, nappies, baby food, sterilized bottles and spoons, extra clothing and even a favourite teddy or toy.
Turning Off your Gas, Water and Electricity SuppliesA flood emergency is not the time to learn how to turn off your home’s gas, water and electricity. You should already know how to do it with ease when the countdown begins. As a test, can you do it in the dark?
If you are unsure then ask the suppliers of the services how it is done and, if necessary, mark taps and switches with explanatory stickers to help you remember.
Keep Hold of Emergency ContactsThe whole family should be involved with preparing the emergency plan. When the weather turns, and the flood waters roll in, it’s no use one person knowing what to do because that one person might not be at home.
Also, during the panic of any emergency, family members may be separated. It is therefore imperative to agree how everyone will keep in contact with one another.
In addition to this, decide on an emergency contact, such as a friend of relative, who can be kept informed of the status of each member of family and whose home could be used as a refuge. If the property needs to be evacuated then decide whether everyone head there or is there an evacuation centre nearby?
Remember to keep a list of emergency contacts as part of your flood kit.