Prepare for Flooding

The physical and emotional effects of flooding can be significantly reduced by taking a few simple steps to prepare yourself and your family for the unexpected.

First, check your risk of flooding or call the Environment Agency Floodline on 0345 988 1188 for some advice on the risks in your area.

Check your risk of flooding

If you find you are at risk:


For free flood warnings

Flood Warnings


For Met Office Warnings

Weather Warnings


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Flood AlertsEnvironment AgencyMet Office

Next, take some steps to prepare:

  • Check you have appropriate insurance cover for your property and vehicle, for more information see our insurance advice
  • Consider investing in flood defence products to protect your home, for information on getting the right product see our property protection advice
  • Prepare a grab bag of essential items in case you need to leave your property in a hurry, don't forget to make arrangements for pets
  • Prepare an emergency plan and discuss it with your family - make sure everyone knows what to do
  • Keep a supply of food and bottled water in the house in case you are unable to get to the shops during a flood

Further Advice

For more tips on action to take, see our During and After Flooding advice