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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

Environment Agency

Hull City Council

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

University of Hull

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