You are the first line of defence against flooding. Being prepared is an easy step you can take to safeguard you and your family's health and welfare.

1. Sign up to SEPA's Floodline to receive free advance notice of where and when flooding might happen.

2. View up-to-date information on weather warnings at the Met Office.

3. Make a flood action plan so you and your family know what to do if a flood occurs:

  • Identify and list urgent actions in terms of importance, e.g. access and transport - move vehicles out of flood risk areas.
  • Identify how you would prevent water entering your home. Consider flood protection products to block doorways, and airbricks that could help reduce the impact of flooding on your property.
  • Make up a flood kit and keep this in a handy place the kit should include: a torch, first aid kit (including waterproof plasters), warm and waterproof shoes and clothing, supplies of prescription medications, antibacterial wipes, bottled water, food, rubber gloves, children's supplies, pet supplies, insurance details, portable radio with spare batteries, and a bag or rucksack in case of evacuation. Include important personal documents, mobile phone and charger, emergency cash, and credit cards.
  • Place important documents and personal items in a watertight container and move along with expensive electrical equipment to upper floors if you are in imminent danger of flooding.

4. Make sure you know where to turn off your gas, electricity, and water supplies.

5. Make a list of useful contact numbers: emergency numbers, GP details, insurance claim line, policy number, relatives, etc.

6. Make sure you have adequate flood insurance that provides adequate cover for flood damage. See flood insurance section.

The SEPA National Flood Risk Assessment tool allows you to check flood risk in your area.

Further information on flooding help and advice available on

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