There are actions businesses can take to reduce the impact of flooding – starting with finding out whether you are at risk, signing up to flood alerts and creating a flood plan that includes:
- A list of important contacts, including Floodline, building services, suppliers and evacuation contacts for staff.
- A description or map showing locations of key property, protective materials and service shut-off points.
- Basic strategies for protecting property, preventing business disruption and assisting recovery.
- Checklists of procedures that can be quickly accessed by staff during a flood.
If a flood is imminent, your main priority is to make sure that your staff are safe. However, there may be other actions that you can take to prepare your building and its contents to minimise damage and post-flood repair and restoration costs.
You can find a template to create your flood plan here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-your-business-for-flooding