Emergency Flood Packs

 

FACT: 1 in 6 properties are at risk from flooding

FACT: We cannot control the weather

There are some simple methods that can be used to minimize flood damage to your property and its contents. No system is guaranteed and any method will have an effective limit. For example, how high does a flood barrier need to be? What use is a 2ft barrier in a 3ft flood? Apart from giving more time to move contents, there will be water ingress.

Water has weight, it does not compress and as mentioned we can never know exactly how quickly water will rise or to what depth.

The power of moving water is immense, huge boulders or heavy vehicles can be carried and buildings flattened. Standing water also causes damage by exerting pressure on any structure that is keeping it contained. The pressure exerted is relative to the density and depth of the water. A retaining structure is only as strong as the weakest section, which is where the water will breach first and under constant pressure water will eventually escape.  

So take action to prevent damage but always plan for the worst outcome. Look at temporary protection measures but it is sensible to prepare an ‘Emergency Flood Plan’. Whilst we do have a good flood warning system, provided by the Environment Agency, no system can be entirely fool-proof, be prepared –

  • Have an evacuation plan
  • Have a list of important items that you would wish to save
  • Isolate power supplies
  • Block doorways with ‘sand bags’
  • Store water and non-perishable food items
  • Collect your emergency ‘Flood kit’ or ‘Flood Pack’

Flood Packs or Flood KitsFlood pack

The packs vary depending on the individuals at risk but basic essentials remain the same:

  • Torch
  • Radio
  • Copies of insurance documents
  • Important phone numbers
  • Spare battery’s
  • Medicines/Blankets/Food (tins/packets etc)
  • Dry clothes
  • First Aid kit
  • Mobile phone
  • Cash

WATER

Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers and ill people will need more.

Store one gallon of water per person per day (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for food preparation/sanitation) 

Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in your household.

 FOOD

Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water. Select food items that are compact and lightweight.  

 

POLUTION & HAZARDS

Floodwater can also be hazardous, not only from debris that it carries, but also from pollution it picks up or sewerage as the sewer systems start to back up. It is sensible to have wellies, waterproofs, washing up gloves etc all handy so as to reduce contact with contaminated water. Mains water can also become contaminated, if still available, so water containers should be prepared to both store and to take with you in an evacuation.

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