Flood warning codes

The flood warning service has three types of warnings that will help you prepare for flooding and take action.

Flood Alert

amber flood warning

What it means

Flooding is possible. Be prepared.

When it's used

Two hours to two days in advance of flooding.

What to do

  • Be prepared to act on your flood plan.
  • Prepare a flood kit of essential items.
  • Monitor local water levels and the flood forecast on our website.

Flood Warning

red flood warning

What it means

Flooding is expected. Immediate action required.

When it's used

Half an hour to one day in advance of flooding.

What to do

  • Move family, pets and valuables to a safe place.
  • Turn off gas, electricity and water supplies if safe to do so.
  • Put flood protection equipment in place.

Severe Flood Warning

severe flood warning

What it means

Severe flooding. Danger to life.

When it's used

When flooding poses a significant threat to life.

What to do

  • Stay in a safe place with a means of escape.
  • Be ready should you need to evacuate from your home.
  • Co-operate with the emergency services.
  • Call 999 if you are in immediate danger.

When warnings are no longer in force, it means that no further flooding is currently expected in your area and river or sea conditions are beginning to return to normal. For further information visit the Environment Agency, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency or Flood Advice from Natural Resources Wales websites.

Last updated: 12 July 2013