10 Dec 2013

Protect yourself against risk of flooding

The Met Office has today issued severe weather warnings for north and west Scotland, and the rest of the UK is braced as the storm, with 80 mph winds, is expected to move south.  Impacts could include flooding and the Environment Agency expects 3,000 properties to be flooded within the next 24 hours.
In light of this, we would encourage your customers to assess their flood risks now and devise plans for action to ensure they are prepared in the event of a flood emergency.
Preparing for floods
It’s difficult to completely flood-proof a property, but there are lots of things you can do to reduce flood damage.   

Other good sources for flood planning information are the Environment Agency or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) websites.  You'll find help to determine if your business is at risk of flooding, formulate a flood plan, prepare for flooding and know what to do if a flood does occur.  You can also sign up for free flood warnings.
Flood forecasting, warnings and alerts
Both EA and SEPA work with local authorities to provide advice and information to the public before and during flood emergencies and can be contacted 24 hours a day via a dedicated floodline number:

  • 0845 988 1188

For coastal and riverside areas with a high risk of flooding, these agencies will also be able to tell you whether more localised flood warning information is available via dedicated telephone numbers (e.g. quick dial codes).
Automatic weather alerts
To be kept further informed of both potential severe weather and possible flooding, you may wish to sign up for automatic alerts available from:

  • Met Office severe weather email warning service

We hope you find this information helpful.  Please feel free to share it with your customers now so that they are prepared and can take all reasonable precautions possible to minimise disruption and stay safe in the event of a flood.
Be prepared and stay safe.