Preparing for flooding

Only dial 999 for the Fire and Rescue Service if there's an immediate risk to life.

In situations where a property is flooded or under threat of flood:

  • isolate all electrics (if it is safe to do so)
  • contact any elderly or vulnerable neighbours or relatives and ensure they are safe and know what to do if their properties become flooded
  • consider moving possessions upstairs if possible
  • avoid contact with flood water as much as possible to reduce risk of drowning and infection 
  • secure your property and make your way to a place of safety
  • don’t drive through flood water, and try to avoid unnecessary long journeys as local roads may also be flooded
  • listen to local radio stations for further information and guidance, or contact the National Flooding Forum for specialist advice