The Environment Agency is urging people to prepare for flooding after the Met Office warned that this winter could be wetter than normal
According to the Met Office’s three-month outlook, the risk of flooding is highest in January and February with increasing amounts of rain predicted.
The Environment Agency is urging home owners to check their flood risk online, sign up for flood warnings and, if they are at risk, put plans in place what to do if flooding hits their home.
The analysis which has been released at the start of Flood Action Week (22–28 November 2021) shows that people who haven’t taken action to prepare for flooding are in the clear minority (30%), this means that as many as 1.5 million households are at risk and yet to prepare.
Environment Agency is urging people to check their flood risk online, sign up for flood warnings and, if they are at risk, know what to do if flooding hits. Those at risk are encouraged to follow the advice to ‘Prepare. Act. Survive’, specifically:
- If there is a flood alert – prepare by packing medicines and insurance and other important documents and visit the flood warning information service.
- If there is a flood warning – act by moving family, pets and belongings to safety. Turn off gas, water and electricity.
- If there is a severe flood warning – survive immediate danger by following the advice of emergency services or calling 999 if needed