2. What to do if you get a flood alert
A flood alert means you need to prepare: flooding is possible.
What you should do:
- get ready to act on your flood plan if you have one
- prepare a flood kit of essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, water, food, first aid kit, medicines and babycare items
- prepare to move valuables, furniture and electrical items upstairs
- find out how to get sandbags from your council and how to use them
- check you know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies
- keep track of the weather forecast and water levels
- plan how you'll move family and pets to safety if necessary
- in rural locations, farmers should consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely to flood
- move vehicles to higher ground if it’s safe to do so
- avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water - 6 inches (15cm) of fast-flowing water can sweep an adult off their feet, while 12in (30cm) can move a car
- wash your hands if you’ve been in contact with flood water which may contain raw sewage
Keep your staff and customers informed.