Following Storm Angus at the weekend, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding us of the importance of knowing what to do if there is flooding and how to prevent it.
As part of its Winter Ready campaign, it is asking people to read up on its advice so they can help keep themselves, their loved ones and their property safe.
When bad weather hits, it is often too late to prevent damage and so the best way to deal with potential floods is to be prepared.
The Environment Agency's flood map is a great way to check out the flood risk in your area, you can also register for flood warnings if you are in an at risk area. You can find these on line by searching for ‘environment agency flood map’.
Should you find you are at risk the government has designed two check lists you can use to prepare for flooding. You can find these here by searching for personal or business flood plan.
Flood prevention and safety
Floods can happen quickly so don't wait until it is too late to think about preparation.
Do some research to find out:
• Whether your area has flooded before and if there is any specific flood advice for your area
• How to turn off your electricity and gas supplies
• What is covered by your insurance
• Who you can call if you need assistance
Staying alert and preparing for the worst can help keep you, your family and your property safe. For more information on flood safety and useful contacts see online.
Who can help
You can find help from different organisations – for example blocked drains in public areas are usually looked after by local councils.
What East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service can help with:
• Rescue people who are at risk and assist with evacuations of buildings.
• Pump out water from buildings, although this may not always be appropriate. For example, if the flooding is linked to the water table or the high tide, the water will return. In these cases, they may return after the water levels have dropped in order to assist with recovery
• Give advice about making properties safe and secure
• Work with other organisations such as electricity companies to ensure public safety.
• Work with the Environment Agency to protect important sites such as hospitals and power stations.