Depending on the level of risk, when flooding is expected you should:
- be prepared to act on your flood plan
- prepare a flood kit of essential items
- move family, pets and valuables to a safe place
- turn off gas, electricity and water supplies if it’s safe
- put flood protection equipment in place
- stay in a safe place with a means of escape
- be ready to evacuate from your home, if advised by emergency services
- co-operate with the emergency services
- call 999 if you’re in immediate danger
What the flood warnings mean
The Flood Information Service issues 3 levels of warning, depending on how severe the flooding is expected to be.
- flood alert - flooding is possible: be prepared
- flood warning - flooding is expected: immediate action needed
- severe flood warning - severe flooding: danger to life
In many areas you can sign up to have flood warnings sent to your mobile or email.