Put together a kit of essential items you'll need to hand when it floods
These packs will vary depending on your circumstances, but basic essential items remain the same.
It is a good idea to keep the kit together in an easily accessible area, and to make sure as many people as possible know where to find this pack. For those people who would benefit from having them, packable self-expanding sandbags are also worth including in the flood kit.
Items should include:
- Portable radio to monitor local news and weather broadcasts
- Copies of important documents including passport, insurance certificates and your flood plan
- Important phone numbers and your Useful Contacts sheet
- Batteries for your torch and radio
- Medicines including hearing devices and glasses
- Dry waterproof clothing
- First aid kit
- Mobile phone
- Non-perishable food, kitchen utensils and fresh clean water
- Bottled water
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You should store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least four pints of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers and people who are unwell will need more.
Store one gallon (eight pints) of water per person per day (four pints for drinking and four pints for food preparation/sanitation). Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in your household.
You should store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. Select food items that are compact and lightweight.