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British Red Cross issues flood advice

25 July 2013

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As forecasters predict more heavy showers, the Red Cross has issued a check-list to help those in high risk areas prepare for flooding.

Simon Lewis, the organisation’s head of emergency planning and response, warned:

 "Flooding can happen very quickly, leaving little time to prepare so don't wait for the worst to happen - if you're in an area at risk, get ready."

The British Red Cross has a raft of advice for those in areas that could be at risk:

• Prepare an emergency kit including emergency numbers, insurance policy, first aid kit, torch and water. 
• Keep important personal documents in a sealed bag.
• Move valuables and important items or furniture upstairs if possible.
• Pack essential items you will need if evacuated – medication, clothing, toiletries and items for children.
• Turn off the mains power and water, and take mobile phones and chargers with you in the event of an evacuation.
• Don't walk, swim or drive through floodwater – just six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over and two feet will float a car.
• Stay away from sea defences or riverbanks, cross river bridges if possible.
• Avoid contact with floodwater where possible – it may be contaminated with sewage.
• Don’t allow children to play in or near flood water.
• Check if vulnerable neighbours need any support.

People should also check the websites of the Environment Agency for updates on flood risks and weather warnings.

For more information on flood preparedness, go to

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies
in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on
with their lives.


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