Protect yourself from floods

 

 

In light of recent heavy rainfall and strong winds, we are encouraging all our clients to assesstheir flood risks now and devise plans for action to ensure they are prepared in the event of a flood emergency

Preparing for floods

The Environment Agency estimates that businesses that take effective action in response to a flood warning, at least eight hours in advance of a flood, can make up to 90% savings on damage to moveable equipment or stock (i.e. up to 20%–70% for pubs/hotels, 70%–90% hi-tech offices, and up to 50% in retail outlets). To achieve this, effective planning and preparations are needed.

There are immediate and effective actions that can be taken to minimise the impact of flooding to a business and talking to the insurance experts at Sutcliffe & Co is an excellent starting point.

Other good sources for flood planning information are the Environment Agency (EA) or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) websites. You'll find help to determine if your business is at risk of flooding, formulate a flood plan, prepare for flooding and know what to do if a flood does occur. You can also sign up for free flood warnings.

Flood forecasting, warnings and alerts

Both EA and SEPA work with local authorities to provide advice and information to the public before and during flood emergencies and can be contacted 24 hours a day via a dedicated floodline number:

  • 0845 988 1188

For coastal and riverside areas with a high risk of flooding, these agencies will also be able to tell you whether more localised flood warning information is available via dedicated telephone numbers (e.g. quick dial codes).

The symbols and messages used in EA and SEPA flood warnings have recently been changed to make them easier to understand and to give clearer guidance about what action people need to take. Click here to learn more about specific flood warning messages.

Automatic weather alerts

To be kept further informed of both potential severe weather and possible flooding, you may wish to sign up for automatic alerts available from:

For expert help and advice to ensure that you, your property and your business are as prepared as possible contact Sutcliffe & Co on 01905 21681 or email us on [email protected].

Be prepared and stay safe.

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