Protect your home from flooding

Preparing for a flood could save your family, possessions and livelihood.

One in six properties in England is at risk of flooding. This is only going to increase with a changing climate. Many people think that flooding will never happen to them - but it could.

Plan in advance

There are simple things you can do now to help reduce the impact of flooding on your home.

Start by checking your risk from:

You can also get the flooding history of the land around a property. This is a free service unless it's for a business or takes more than 18 hours to complete.

If available for your neighbourhood, sign up for free flood warning messages from the Environment Agency to receive phone, text or email messages about when flooding is expected.

Read the Government's advice for preparing for emergencies. Create a personal flood plan and prepare an emergency kit. The British Red Cross provides suggestions on what might be useful to include. When preparing your plan, check your home insurance covers your home and your belongings in the case of a flood.

You should consider installing flood products. Visit the National Flood Forum for advice or an independent directory of flood products.

Preparing For A Flood - the Lostwithiel Story

Preparing for a flood - the Lostwithiel Story

More information

Flooded park Help your community in floods

Flooding can affect your whole community, so it pays to be prepared.

Flooding in the Thames Weather and insurance

Advice to ensure you home is safe from whatever the winter may bring.

Flooding in the Thames How to manage after a flood

Public Health England give advice on how to minimise the impact of flooding on your home and your health.

Torch for powercut What to do in a power cut

Important contact details

Latest blog post

Off to the beach? You can check water quality online

  • 26 Aug 2016

Find out about the water quality in your local area.

Read more