19 December 2017
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Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the UK, and can happen at any time of the year, affecting your home, travel and work life.
Stewart Prodger from SEPA’s Flood Unit said: “Being flooded can be a life-changing event, and with so many Scottish homes at risk of flooding, especially during the winter months, it’s important to have the appropriate measures in place to protect yourself and your loved ones.
60% of Scottish homeowners surveyed know it’s their responsibility to protect their own property, and more than half know to contact SEPA for flood warning information.
“Our Floodline service provides live flood updates and advice on how to prepare for and cope with the impacts of flooding 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Registering with Floodline is free and means you’ll be able to get flooding information direct to your phone for the areas you’re interested in.”
Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “I would encourage individuals to be prepared for flooding and understand their potential flood risks so they can take the necessary actions to protect themselves, their property or their businesses.
“The Scottish Government is committed to working to reduce flood risk across Scotland and are investing £420 million over the next 10 years to protect homes in many of our most flood-prone areas. I would urge people to prepare for flooding by monitoring SEPA’s Floodline website for the latest flood information and to sign up to get the latest Floodline warnings direct to their mobile phone.”
It’s important to remember that recognising your risk, getting prepared and taking action can help reduce the impact that flooding can have on your life. Here are five simple things that you can do in advance in case flooding is forecast:
- Be aware: sign up to get SEPA’s free Floodline messages direct to your phone for your home and travel areas. Register online at www.floodlinescotland.org.uk or call 0345 988 1188;
- Be prepared: if your home or business is in a flood risk area, make sure you have left it as well flood protected as possible, and if you’re away, make sure a neighbour, or a friend or family member, who lives nearby, can easily contact and help you. For a list of flood risk areas, visit floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/quickdialcodes/;
- Be active: maintain your property by doing simple things like keeping gutters and drains clear of blockages like leaves;
- Be covered: make sure your domestic or business insurance covers flooding;
- Be ready: prepare an emergency flood kit either to take away with you on holiday or in case you need to leave your home.
Notes for editors:
The figures on residential properties at risk from flooding are based on SEPA’s high-level national assessment of risk as presented in the Flood Risk Management Strategies which were published in December 2015. More information can be found in the 14 FRM Strategies: http://apps.sepa.org.uk/FRMStrategies/ and corresponding Local Flood Risk Management Plans: https://www.sepa.org.uk/environment/water/flooding/local-frm-plans/. SEPA will publish an updated National Flood Risk Assessment in December 2018.
Whether you’re staying at home or travelling further afield over the festive period, it’s important to ensure your insurance provides adequate cover for flood damage, and it’s worth considering flood protection products that could help to reduce the impact of flooding on your property. The Scottish Flood Forum and Flood Re have useful advice for both:
- Insurance http://www.scottishfloodforum.org/insurance-advice/ and http://www.floodre.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/FloodRE_Leaflet_Scotland.pdf
- Property protection http://www.scottishfloodforum.org/flood-protection/
- Report-a-Flood - use and share information. If flooding of roads is ongoing or likely, you can also use SEPA’s Report-a-Flood tool which enables anyone to share information on current flooding issues, to help reduce the disruption flooding can have on people’s lives and make communities more resilient. http://www.floodlinescotland.org.uk/report-a-flood/