The three words prepare, act, survive are the main focus on a national flood action week, so would you know what to do if your home flooded?
Nottinghamshire County Council is supporting the action week to remind communities that while it is impossible to remove all danger associated with flooding, being prepared and knowing what to do can reduce the damage to property and lives.
When flooding is likely, warnings to either ‘Prepare’ ‘Act’ or ‘Survive’ will be issued to local areas.
When told to ‘Prepare’ for flooding, packing a bag of emergency essentials including medication, insurance documents and clothing is advised in case homes are evacuated.
If told to ‘Act’ actions will involve switching off gas, water and electricity, moving furniture upstairs and getting family members to a place of safety.
Should a severe flood warning to ‘Survive’ be issued, this means that the risk of flooding is severe, and that the advice of emergency services should be followed at all times to keep loved ones safe.
Councillor Phil Rostance, Vice-Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, said: “We know that flooding can have devastating consequences for communities.
“This Flood Action Week, we are asking Nottinghamshire residents to take a few minutes to think about how they would respond should a flood occur in their area.
“Previous years have shown that winter weather can be unpredictable, and over the last 12 months, Nottinghamshire has experienced a number of significant flood events.
“Knowing where items such as insurance documents and medicines are kept in your home and being able to identify where water stopcocks, gas shut-off valves and electrical master switches are will save time should flooding occur in your area.
“These preparations could ultimately reduce the damage to your property or business and most important to the lives of you and your loved ones.
“Advice on preparing for a flood, what to do during a flood and where to get support after a flood can be found on the county council website: https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/flooding-help-and-advice “