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Are you prepared for the risk of flooding?

By Kelly McLauchlan

Monday 22 August 2016 Renting A Home

You might think flooding isn't something you need to worry about. You're busy with lectures, coursework and campus life. But imagine flood water destroying your furniture, computer and phone. All your coursework lost, along with your photos and memories. Kelly McLauchlan from Natural resources Wales has some simple tips for making sure you're prepared.

There are quick and easy things you can do to make sure this doesn’t happen and you’re prepared should you be flooded.

Check if the property you are renting or considering is at risk of flooding

Your landlord may not be aware of flood risk, so it’s always worth checking so you have all the facts. You can quickly check online to see if a property is in an area at risk of flooding.

In England, Scotland and Wales you can register online to receive advance notice of flooding direct to your phone. You can register numbers for your housemates, family and landlord. 

Flood Warnings are usually issued up to two hours before a flood and Flood Alerts are issued up to 24 hours before a flood, giving you time to take simple actions.

Are you insured?

If you are renting, your landlord is responsible for taking out buildings insurance.  You will still need to take out contents insurance to cover your belongings. Make sure your insurance covers you for flood damage.

If the property is at risk of flooding, check with your landlord if they can provide alternative accommodation should the property become flooded and you are unable to live there.  

Take simple steps to protect yourself and your belongings

  • Keep a list of contact details for people you may need to speak to if you’re flooded, such as your landlord/letting agenct, insurance company, local council and the emergency services – keep this in a safe place.
  • Make sure all your coursework, photos and information is remotely backed up.
  • Know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water supplies.
  • Think about what you would want to move to safety during a flood.

Prepare a flood kit of essential items and keep it handy

  • Copies of important documents – insurance, passport, driving licence
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Prescription medication and first aid kit
  • Wind up or battery radio
  • Spare phone charger
  • Bottled water and non-perishable foods
  • Warm, waterproof clothing and blankets

More information about flooding

England  - www.gov.uk/prepare-for-a-flood

Scotland - www.floodlinescotland.org.uk

Wales – www.naturalresources.wales/flooding

Northern Ireland – https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/information-and-services/your-neighbourhood-roads-and-streets/flooding-your-area

For England, Scotland and Wales you can also call Floodline 24 hours a day on 0345 988 1188 for flood information and advice.  If you need to report a flood in Northern Ireland call the Flooding Incident Line 0300 2000 100.