Writing a flood plan - what to include
Preparing a flood plan makes sure you are well prepared in the event of flooding. It also helps you to keep your family, community, property and belongings safe. Here are some of the things that you should include:
This could include:
- Your local council
- Utilities providers
- Your insurance company
- Your local flood group
Trigger for action
This will help you to know when to act on your plan. Specific warnings about river flooding come from the Environment Agency’s Flood Warning Service called Floodline. You can sign up for free flood warnings online or by contacting Floodline on 0345 988 1188.
These warnings only cover the possibility of river flooding. If you think you might be at risk of other types of flooding, visit our 'Check flood risk' page.
Actions to take
You may wish to consider the following actions:
- Turn off gas and electricity
- Move important and valuable items to higher ground
- Deploy property-level protection
- Alert designated people and request their help
- Move animals and livestock to safety
Prepare a flood kit or 'grab bag' of essential items to have to hand in case you should have to evacuate. For a list of items to include, visit our 'Flood Pack' page.
For more information, or help with preparing a flood plan from scratch, contact your local Environment Agency office at: YorkshireFloodResilience@environment-agency.gov.uk.