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Protect yourself, your family and your home

Although flooding can often be unexpected, there are things you can do to prepare, should the worst happen.

From creating emergency flood plans and evacuation kits, to investing in property flood resilience and resistance measures, find out what you can do to help minimise the impact flooding could have on you and your home.

Make your property flood resilient

Make your property flood resilient

Whether you’re a homeowner, tenant, landlord or responsible for business premises, there are many different steps you can take to protect your property and belongings from flooding.

Create a personal flood plan

Create a personal flood plan

A personal flood plan can give you direction should you be hit by flooding.

It involves preparing a list of things you ought to do, such as moving items to safety, and writing down important contact details, such as your utility companies and insurance, so you have them to hand should the worst happen.

You can find a template to create your personal flood plan on the Government website link below.

Prepare an emergency flood kit

Prepare an emergency flood kit

Flooding can happen fast. If you have to evacuate your home during a flood, having to find and gather together essential items can add to the stress.

Be prepared by pulling together a ‘flood kit’ in advance, so you can grab it and go – and get to safety as quickly as possible.

- Copies of your home insurance policy and other key documents.

- A torch, radio and batteries.

- Warm, waterproof clothing, a change of clothing and blankets.

- A first aid kit and prescription medication.

- Toiletries, baby food and baby care items.

- A notepad and pen.

- Bottled water and energy bars.

- Spare glasses/contact lenses.

- Mobile phone charger.

- Cash and bank cards.

- Provisions and carriers for your pets.

What to do in an emergency

When flooding strikes, it can be difficult to know what to do to protect yourself, your family and your home. Follow the steps below to keep alert and safe.

If you’re about to be flooded, you can also visit for advice or speak to a Floodline advisor to find out how to stay safe during a flood.

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What to do in a flood emergency

Yorkshire Water

Lee Pitcher

General Manager - Living With Water

Lynnsey Pilmer

Communications and Engagement Manager

Catherine Johnson

Portfolio Manager

Emma Brown

Programme Manager

Eve Pierrepoint

Portfolio Manager

Gary Collins

Flood Risk and Engagement Manager

Environment Agency

Neil Longden

Area Flood and Coastal Risk Manager

Andrew Barron

Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Senior Advisor, Partnership & Strategic Overview Team, Yorkshire (East)

Kim Tan

Advisor, Flood Resilience Team

Paul Stockhill

East Yorkshire Partnerships Manager

Hull City Council

Mark Jones MBE

Head of Economic Development

Rachel Glossop

Flood Risk Planning Manager

Alex Codd

Director of Economic Regeneration

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Alan Menzies

Director of Planning and Economic Regeneration

Astrid Paget

Principal Engineer - Flood Risk Strategy

Ben Kirby

Assistant Principal Engineer

University of Hull

Dan Parsons

Director, Energy and Environment Institute

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