What to do in a flooding emergency

In the event of a flood there are steps that can be taken to help keep you and your family safe.

If you experience flooding:

  • You and your family's safety is most important, so move them and your pets upstairs. Don't barricade yourself in a room; make sure you still have a means of escape.
  • Turn off your electricity and gas supply, if it is safe to do so, but do not touch sources of electricity when standing in flood water.
  • Move your valuable items upstairs or to a high point in your property.
  • Disconnect any equipment that uses water, like washing machines and dishwashers.

In some cases you may be evacuated to a rest centre. If you do need to be evacuated you will need to pull together an emergency grab bag.

Useful items for an emergency grab bag:

  • Copy of your Household Emergency Plan, including a list of useful phone numbers, for example for your doctor and close relatives
  • House and car keys
  • Mobile phones & chargers
  • Wallet, purse, cash, bank cards
  • Glasses and/or contact lenses
  • Important personal documents in a waterproof bag (insurance, passports, driving licences)
  • Medication as well as copies of prescriptions for regular medication
  • Essential childcare supplies (nappies, food)
  • Bottled water and some non-perishable emergency foods
    Spare money

Further information

The Environment Agency also has information on various flood scenarios along with flood warnings and flood reporting.