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Protect yourself against risk of flooding

Protect yourself against risk of flooding
 
The Met Office has today issued severe weather warnings for north and west Scotland, and the rest of the UK is braced as the storm, with 80 mph winds, is expected to move south.  Impacts could include flooding and the Environment Agency expects 3,000 properties to be flooded within the next 24 hours.
 
In light of this, we would encourage you to assess your flood risks now and devise plans for action to ensure you are prepared in the event of a flood emergency.
 
Preparing for floods
 
It’s difficult to completely flood-proof a property, but there are lots of things you can do to reduce flood damage.  The attached Guide contains immediate and effective actions that can be taken to minimise the impact of flooding to a business.
 
Other good sources for flood planning information are the Environment Agency (EA) or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) websites.  You'll find help to determine if your business is at risk of flooding, formulate a flood plan, prepare for flooding and know what to do if a flood does occur.  You can also sign up for free flood warnings.
 
Flood forecasting, warnings and alerts
 
Both EA and SEPA work with local authorities to provide advice and information to the public before and during flood emergencies and can be contacted 24 hours a day via a dedicated floodline number:

• 0845 988 1188

For coastal and riverside areas with a high risk of flooding, these agencies will also be able to tell you whether more localised flood warning information is available via dedicated telephone numbers (e.g. quick dial codes).
 
The symbols and messages used in EA and SEPA flood warnings have recently been changed to make them easier to understand and to give clearer guidance about what action people need to take.
 
Automatic weather alerts
 
To be kept further informed of both potential severe weather and possible flooding, you may wish to sign up for automatic alerts available from:

• Met Office severe weather email warning service

• EA / SEPA floodline warnings direct service.

What to do next?

We hope you find this information helpful.  Please feel free to share it with your lanlords/tenants now so that they are prepared and can take all reasonable precautions possible to minimise disruption and stay safe in the event of a flood. If you would like to talk to us regarding any insurance risk queries please do not hesitate to give us a call.

Call 01789 766888

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