Monday, 4 November 2013

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service backs drive to protect homes from floods



East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is backing a new campaign from the Environment Agency, aimed at helping people protect their homes from floods.

One in six homes in England is at risk of flooding, according to the Environment Agency.  This November, it is calling for people to check their risk and sign up for free flood warnings at http://ow.ly/qaARv or you can follow #floodaware on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue is also offering its own advice.

Advice for homeowners and businesses

Floods can happen quickly so don’t wait until it is too late to think about preparation.

Before a flood:
•    Do find out whether your area has flooded before and if there is any specific flood advice for your area.
•    Do organise some sandbags to block doors and airbricks but remember to ensure that there is adequate ventilation in your home.
•    Do find out where to turn off your electricity and gas supplies in advance.
•    Don't underestimate the damage that a flood can do, check with your insurance company that you have flood cover.

When a flood starts:
•    Do put your safety first, stay alert, events can change very quickly during a flood; listen out for any warnings on the radio and the TV.
•    Do move people or pets upstairs or to higher ground, identify a place where you and your family can keep away from the floodwater.
•    Don't under any circumstances drive or walk through floodwater.
•    Remember, items that have been in contact with floodwater may be contaminated and contain sewage, therefore make sure that anything that has been in contact with the water is safely cleaned.

After the flood:
•    Do get in contact with your insurance company and let them know what has happened.
•    Do open your doors and windows to ventilate your home.



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