How can I be prepared?
Know your risk level
The more you’re aware, the more you can prepare. What’s your area’s flood history? Have any warnings been issued? How high will the water likely rise? Your local council will have the information you need to find out how prone your property is.
Know who to call
Help is just a phone call away, but it’s important to know who to reach. Have a list of numbers at the ready, either by the phone or stored on your mobile. Contacts should include the local emergency office, police, ambulance, and hospital.
Get your emergency kit together
Time is precious during a flood, so it’s important to have an emergency kit ready to use. What should you pack? Your kit should include first aid supplies with any specific medications, drinking water, and non-perishable foods. You’ll also need waterproof clothing, a torch, and a portable battery-powered radio. Any important documents and certificates can be kept sealed in a waterproof bag.
Check on your insurance
Is your home and business insurance up to date and adequate? Floods happen fast, and can cause a lot of costly damage, but being properly insured means you’re covered. Give yourself peace of mind and double-check that your policy offers you the right cover.
What can I do when a flood’s coming?
Protect your household items
Have any storage space? Move your household goods to the top levels of your home – especially electrical items. Heavier items like fridges should be tied down, and rubbish and chemicals moved to higher ground. It’s also a good idea to wrap any valuable equipment or machinery in waterproof covers.
Switch everything off
Be ready to turn off your electricity, gas and water. This means knowing in advance where the fuse box, main gas valve, and water valve are located.
Know where to go
Yours and your family’s safety is what matters most. Stay tuned with advice from local authorities on where the closest evacuation centres are set up. Otherwise, know which part of your property is the highest, and be ready to head there if flooding becomes severe.